Most over-the-counter (OTC) allergy meds are considered safe for kids 2 years of age and older. Oral antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), and Allegra (fexofenadine) are available OTC in kid-friendly formulations. These meds help with sneezing, itching, eye irritation, and runny nose.
At what age can a child take allergy medicine?
Although some allergy medicines are approved for use in children as young as 6 months, the FDA cautions that simply because a product’s box says that it is intended for children does not mean it is intended for children of all ages.
What can toddlers take for allergies?
There are three main types of over-the-counter allergy treatment for children:
- Oral antihistamines, such as Children’s Allegra (fexofenadine), Children’s Claritin (loratadine), and Children’s Zyrtec (cetirizine)
- Steroid nasal sprays, like Children’s Flonase (fluticasone) and Children’s Nasacort.
How can I help my 2 year old with allergies?
Over-the-counter treatments such as saline sprays, nasal steroid sprays and antihistamines can work for children, but Dr. Hong recommends that parents talk to their pediatrician about the different medications and proper dosing. It’s also important to be on the lookout for how allergy medications make children feel.
Can a 1 year old take Zyrtec?
(Brand names: Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec and others) For allergies, don’t use under 1 year of age. For colds, not recommended at any age and should be avoided if under 4 years old. Avoid mult-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age.
What can I give my 18 month old for allergies?
Allergy Help for Infants
Oral antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), and Allegra (fexofenadine) are available OTC in kid-friendly formulations. These meds help with sneezing, itching, eye irritation, and runny nose.
What is the best allergy medicine for kids?
Zyrtec can be given to children as young as 6 months of age, with caution for drowsiness. Xyzal has the same active ingredient as Zyrtec, so save your money. Allegra – Least sedating (vs. Zyrtec and Claritin), but slightly less effective and shorting acting so offered twice a day.
How long does children’s allergy medicine take to work?
About 80% to 90% of children improve with allergy shots. It often takes 12 to 18 months before definite reduction in allergy symptoms is noticed. In some children, a reduction in symptoms is seen in as soon as 6 to 8 months.
Can I give my 2 year old Benadryl for allergies?
Benadryl is generally not safe to give to babies or infants under 2 years old at home. Sometimes, people can safely give infants aged 2 to 5 small doses of Benadryl, but only when a doctor advises them to do so. Specific child-friendly Benadryl is available for children aged 6 and above.
How much allergy medicine can I give my toddler?
One popular medicine is Children’s Benadryl, an over-the-counter antihistamine designed to reduce the symptoms of allergies.
|Weight of Child||Liquid suspension*||Chewable tablets*|
|20 to 24 lbs.||3.75 mL||do not use|
|25 to 37 lbs.||5 mL||1 tablet|
|38 to 49 lbs.||7.5 mL||1 tablet|
|*every 4–6 hours||*every 4–6 hours|
How do I know if my toddler has allergies?
Symptoms include a runny and itchy nose, sneezing, postnasal drip and nasal congestion (blockage). A child with allergies may also have itchy, watery, red eyes and chronic ear problems. Even though it’s commonly known as “hay fever,” allergic rhinitis isn’t triggered by hay and doesn’t cause fever.