Antihistamines. Non-drowsy, long-acting antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra and Clarinex are available in children’s form over the counter and are generally safe for little ones ages 2 and older, as long as you get the okay from your doctor.
What age can kids take antihistamines?
Cetirizine tablets and liquid that you buy from pharmacies and supermarkets can be taken by adults and children aged 6 and older. Children over the age of 2 can also take liquid cetirizine for hay fever and skin allergies. Cetirizine can also be taken under medical supervision by children aged 1 year and older.
Can a child take an antihistamine?
Don’t give antihistamines to your child unless you’ve checked with the doctor first. In rare cases, diphenhydramine (especially forms of it that are applied to the skin) can cause severe side effects in children, such as hallucinations, tremors, and coma.
At what age can a child take allergy medicine?
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.
Can 12 month old have antihistamine?
If you and your doctor decide that medication is the best option for your baby, ask about ZYRTEC® Kids Drops—an effective antihistamine for infants 12 months and older.
How much antihistamine can I give my child?
Children 6 years of age and older—5 to 10 mg once a day. Children 4 to 6 years of age—2.5 mg once a day, up to a maximum of 5 mg once a day or 2.5 mg twice a day. Children and infants up to 4 years of age—Use is not recommended .
Can 8 year old have antihistamine tablets?
Piriton Allergy Tablets can be taken by children aged 6 years and over. Piriton Syrup can be taken by children as young as 12 months.
What antihistamine is good for kids?
As a general rule, OTC antihistamines like Diphenhydramine (Benadryl® AH), and Cetirizine (Benadryl® One) are safe to use on children given that there’s prior approval from the pediatrician and no other preexisting conditions or medications are present.
What happens if you give child too much antihistamine?
Research on antihistamines says that children and older adults are more at risk of an antihistamine overdose than adults. One study found that children have experienced heart problems, seizures, and even death from an antihistamine overdose. The most common reactions are mild, however, and include: rashes.
What can I give my 5 year old 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.
Can a 10 year old take Zyrtec?
They’re fast-dissolving and, like all Zyrtec products, claim to provide 24 hours of symptom relief. They are safe to use for children ages 6 and up. Children ages 6 and up can take one 10 milligram tablet once a day. No more than one tablet should be taken in 24 hours.