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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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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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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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Antihistamine (Definition)

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