Can you give antihistamines to babies?
Never give a child under age 2 antihistamines, and if your doctor recommends medications that are right for babies and toddlers to treat seasonal or food allergies, be sure to follow the instructions for how much medicine to give your child, how many doses you should give and for how long.
What antihistamine can I give my 7 month old?
“For infants six months or older I usually recommend children’s Zyrtec, which is also an antihistamine. Benadryl is short-acting and can cause drowsiness or hyperactivity in some babies, so I prefer Zyrtec which creates more of a steady state and has fewer side effects.”
Can I give my baby Benadryl?
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.
What can I give my infant for allergies?
Treating Allergies in Babies and Toddlers
- Pills or liquids called antihistamines to ease skin rashes or a runny nose.
- Inhalers to use when your child has trouble breathing.
- An EpiPen for emergency treatment of a life-threatening reaction.
- Administering peanut immunotherapy drops under the tongue.
Why are antihistamines contraindicated in infants?
Because antihistamines can temporarily weaken the muscles of the intestines and bladder, some infants may have constipation or pass urine less frequently. It is not appropriate for infants less than 2 years, especially for less than six months.
Do antihistamines weaken immune system?
Antihistamines do not suppress the immune system, and we have found no evidence that antihistamines would increase a person’s chances of contracting coronavirus or affect a person’s ability to fight a coronavirus infection.
How do I know if my baby has allergies?
Allergy symptoms in babies and toddlers
Itchiness that causes her to rub her nose and/or eyes. Watery, red or puffy eyes. Frequent mouth breathing. Sneezing.
Why can you not give Benadryl to infants?
Because Benadryl is an antihistamine, it can cause serious or even fatal side effects in infants. These side effects include rapid heartbeat and convulsions. If your child has allergies, then you should talk to the pediatrician about the proper medication to use during a reaction.
What can I give my 10 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.
Can I give my baby Benadryl for flying?
Harsh Truth #8: Benadryl is Not a Magic Airplane Sleep Aid
But the problem is that Benadryl is not recommended for children under 2 years old. Also, giving Benadryl for reasons other than allergic reactions or allergies is a bad idea. It is a drug. And like any drug it has side effects that could be harmful to a child.