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Is there an antihistamine for an infant that is safe, and how much would I give her?

Is there an antihistamine for an infant that is safe, and how much would I give her?

Yes: Cetirazine(zyrtec) is approved for infants over 6mo at a dose of 1/2 tsp/day with additional dosing for older infants. Other preparations may be considered but all should be used in consultation with your doctor. Much of the stuffiness of infants is assumed to be allergies when it is really dust/smoke& other air irritants that antihistamines will not help, so discuss your conserns with dr ...Read more

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Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Which antihistamine is safe for a 2 week old infant for Allergy ?

Which antihistamine is safe for a 2 week old infant for Allergy ?

None: None that I am aware of. I am not sure he has an allergy either at 2 weeks of age. He may instead just have a cold. I would just use a gentle nasal saline spray and use a suction device like Nosefrida. My wife uses it on our 3 year-old. Use a cool mist humidifier too. And, have him see his pediatrician if no improvement. Most drugs used in infants starts at 2 years of age. ...Read more

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If my 9 month old infant has broken out in hives possibly from a food allergy, is there an antihistamine?

If my 9 month old infant has broken out in hives possibly from a food allergy, is there an antihistamine?

Call pediatrician: There are antihistamines that can be used for infants. The dose should be adjusted for your infant's weight. Non-sedating antihistamines are preferred as drowsiness after hives may be a symptom of a more serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can also sometimes cause unexpected irritability. You will want to discuss these issues with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Danger of infant taking 25mg of benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Danger of infant taking 25mg of benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Depends on variables: This would be a proper dose for a 40 lb kid & a double dose at 20lb. Overdose tends to cause nervous system symptoms. Sedation, nausea & vomiting are common. Some infants may have the opposite effect & this provides over-stimulation & excitation in some. ...Read more

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Does taking antihistamine (levocetrizen) as medication for symptomatic dermatographism has any effect on breastfed child?

Does taking antihistamine (levocetrizen) as medication for symptomatic dermatographism has any effect on breastfed child?

Yes: Ref: webmd:Small occasional doses of levocetirizine are probably acceptable during breastfeeding. Larger doses or more prolonged use may cause drowsiness and other effects in the infant or decrease the milk supply, hope it helps you ...Read more

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Is it okay to rub a little bit of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on a babies gums while teething will it help. She's 10&1/2 months?

Is it okay to rub a little bit of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on a babies gums while teething will it help. She's 10&1/2 months?

Not helpful: Benadryl is an anti-histamine and won't really do anything to relieve teething pain, because histamine release is not involved in that process. Massage with cool wash cloth (wet one, throw it in refrigerator for 10 minutes) and then use to massage gums. If baby really in a lot of discomfort, it is totally ok to use a dose of tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen now and then. ...Read more

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Can a 6week old baby take antihistamines for a facial rash that appeared after putting some cream on?

Can a 6week old baby take antihistamines for a facial rash that appeared after putting some cream on?

No: Antihistamines are generally not recommended for infants. Please see your GP for an examination and treatment. In the meantime please keep moisturising the skin with simple fatty cream ...Read more

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Woke up with swollen itches eyes. Have 2 babies and do not want to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Is there something else I can take?

Woke up with swollen itches eyes. Have 2 babies and do not want to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Is there something else I can take?

Other antihistamines: You may try an antihistamine eye drop or take any other kind of antihistamine. They would not do harm to your babies (vs Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which may make you very drowsy and less able to take care of your kids). ...Read more

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Can i take hydroxycut sprinkles while taking baby aspirin , pravastatin 20 mg , and an antihistamine .

Can i take hydroxycut sprinkles while taking baby aspirin , pravastatin 20 mg , and an antihistamine  .

Yes: Hydroxycut does not contain ingredients that would interact with aspirin, pravastatin and an antihistamine. It does contain caffeine so watch how much coffee and colas you drink. ...Read more

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My 8months old baby having a running nose with light fever for 3days, she's taking calpol paracetamol and antihistamine, but she still sick.

My 8months old baby having a running nose with light fever for 3days, she's taking calpol paracetamol and antihistamine, but she still sick.

Child with fever: These sort of symptoms can range from a simple cold, to an ear infection or other type of infection. With a child that young, with a fever over 100.5 I would recommend evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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My LO is 8 mo. 20 lbs. I gave her infant Tylenol (acetaminophen). She has a thick runny nose and watery eyes (allergies) can I also give her children's benadryl?

My LO is 8 mo. 20 lbs. I gave her infant Tylenol (acetaminophen).  She has a thick runny nose and watery eyes (allergies) can I also give her children's benadryl?

Benedryl indication: Although the manufacturer does not indicate it's use in children under 2 years of age, it is not uncommon for it to be recommended 'off label' by pediatricians. Oral cetrizine is another antihistamine for allergies which does have a documented age indication for 6 months and up. Both of these medications can be safely administered with Tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Is Flonase an antihistamine?

No: Flonase is a nasal steroid spray. It is often used in conjunction with an antihistamine. The most commonly used antihistamines today are the non-sedating antihistamines: claritin, Allegra and zyrtec. Each of these had a generic drug available, too. ...Read more

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Do antihistamines cause gout?

Do antihistamines cause gout?

No: There is a letter to the editor in a european journal reporting an association. That was in 1950. Since then nothing. To the best of my knowledge antihistamines are not associated with gout. ...Read more

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Do antihistamines cause gout?

Typically no: Antihistamines are generally not considered a group of medications that directly cause gout. However, antihistamines can cause dryness, and if that progresses to dehydration, then gout attacks can occur with a higher frequency. This would be an indirect cause. Antihistamines generally don't cause significant dehydration. Aspirin can make gout worse, as can other salicylate-containing meds. ...Read more

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Which antihistamine for a rash?

Which antihistamine for a rash?

It depends on what : The rash is. If you have hives or an itchy rash - Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may be helpful. ...Read more

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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more