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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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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Deep line under child's eyes due to allergies, what to do?

Deep line under child's eyes due to allergies, what to do?

Treat allergies: The lines and shadows underneath the eyes can be associated with allergic responses. In particular, nasal congestion can cause these signs of allergic disease. Treatment for nasal allergic rhinitis; rinsing the nasal passages with saline may relieve the congestion and the lines underneath the eye.Determining the triggers of the allergies - avoiding those triggers is important in mgt of allergies. ...Read more

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My child has pinkish colored circles under her eyes could this be allergies?We have 2 dogs and 2 cats in our home

My child has pinkish colored circles under her eyes could this be allergies?We have 2 dogs and 2 cats in our home

Allergic shiners?: A pink or purple discoloration under the eyes due to allergies are called "allergic shiners." in a child who also has nasal congestion or runny nose likely has allergies. Since there are many indoor allergens other than your pets that could be triggering the symptoms, it would be best to get your child allergy tested to find the exact cause. ...Read more

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Do the dark circles under my child's eyes mean he has allergies?

Do the dark circles under my child's eyes mean he has allergies?

Yes: (possibly). Dark circles under the eyes are sometimes called "allergic shiners." they occasionally indicate the presence of allergies, but sometimes are simply seen in children with fair complexions even in the absence of allergy. ...Read more

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My baby has itchy eyes and continues to rub them. Does this mean that she has allergies?

My baby has itchy eyes and continues to rub them. Does this mean that she has allergies?

Maybe: Smaller babies rub their eyes and ears when tired and close to sleep time. Dryness of the skin around the eyes can be another reason why your child may itch her eyes. An of course environmental allergens are another common reason. Other symptoms you may see with environmental allergies are watery eyes, itchy nose, nasal congestion and sneezing (for older kids). ...Read more

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When i give my child allergy meds, his eyes have a yellow discharge and get swollen, is this normal?

When i give my child allergy meds, his eyes have a yellow discharge and get swollen, is this normal?

No: This is an atypical response. The point of allergy medications is to provide relief. In your child's case, they appear to be making things worse. Your doctor needs to explore why and to consider other therapies. ...Read more

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What kind of medicine for a baby 8 months old with noses allergy and watery eyes?

What kind of medicine for a baby 8 months old with noses allergy and watery eyes?

Support: Suction after application of saline ( salt water ) drops, and a vaporizer. Cool compresses to the eyes. If your child is acting normally, sleeping well, etc. Nothing really needs done. Over the counter cold cures are not recommended due to safety risks.If your child is suffering, call your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What kind of medicine for a baby 8 months old with noses allergy and watery eyes?

What kind of medicine for a baby 8 months old with noses allergy and watery  eyes?

Find cause: The best medicine is trying to find out what is causing your child's symptoms. It could be something he is eating, inhaling as in a chemical or something in the environment. Try to pinpoint when the symptoms worsen and take all the information to your doc. ...Read more

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My 8 month old baby has had red itchy eyes for a week now but no gunk. Is it just allergies? If so how do I find out what's causing it?

My 8 month old baby has had red itchy eyes for a week now but no gunk. Is it just allergies? If  so how do I find out what's causing it?

M.D. visit: If your baby has a blotchy rash that looks like hives this is also consistent with an allergic reaction. Red eyes may be caused by many conditions I would suggest gently rinsing the eyes with sterile saline to soothe the eye, and avoid any possible triggering agent such as dust. A visit with you doctor is suggested. ...Read more

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My child has eczema, have been using desonide on and off for couple weeks. Now eyes are red at times swollen. Is this likely due to allergies or is this probably a side effect? When will redness fade?

My child has eczema, have been using desonide on and off for couple weeks. Now eyes are red at times swollen. Is this likely due to allergies or is this probably a side effect? When will redness fade?

Allergies: Likely allergies. The redness will persist as long the offending agent is present unless your child is on an antihistamine -then it should get better fairly rapidly. An aside, topical steroids ( i.e. Desonide) should not be placed around the eyes or mouth unless specifically directed by your physician. ...Read more

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Can 10 month old baby have seasonal allergies ? Always rubbing nose and eyes.. Eyes are red...Running nose clear ....

Can 10 month old baby have seasonal allergies ? Always rubbing nose and eyes.. Eyes are red...Running nose clear ....

Yes: It is not very common, but i see a few new babies every different allergy season that have the classic symptoms you are describing. If there is family history, or baby has had any problems with wheezing/asthma and/or eczema, then even more suspicious for allergies. There is a prescription medicine approved for allergic rhinitis in this young age group, so i would talk to your pediatrician about it. ...Read more

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My child is 9 months and I can tell he has allergies due to watering of eyes and sneezing and running nose. What can I give him?

My child is 9 months and I can tell he has allergies due to watering of eyes and sneezing and running nose. What can I give him?

Antihistamines...: You are right there. Your child is extremely young though and should be evaluated for proper recommendations on choice and dosing of antihistamine along with recommendation on how his exposure to triggering allergens can be controlled. ...Read more

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My baby is 9 months old and for weeks has watery, red eyes snotty nose. Can he have environmental allergies or animal allergies at that age?

My baby is 9 months old and for weeks has watery, red eyes snotty nose. Can he have environmental allergies or animal allergies at that age?

Allergies: Most definitely. If he sleeps with stuffed animals that could be a cause or a down pillow or wool blankets. There are many other allergens he might be exposed to in his bedroom.See an allergist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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After eating peanut butter, I have burning eyes, throat/eye swelling, low blood pressure, blurred vision. I have eaten it since a child so no allergy

After eating peanut butter, I have burning eyes, throat/eye swelling, low blood pressure, blurred vision.  I have eaten it since a child so no allergy

Anaphylaxis?: It appeared that you had suffered shock from the peanut butter. Although most food allergies developed in childhood, they can also occur in adults. Before you touch peanuts again, be sure to get tested by an allergist. In the meanwhile, you need to carry an epineprhine autoinjector (preferably 2) with you until this issue has been clarified. ...Read more

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How soon after taking child off suspected allergy should shiner eye go away ?

How soon after taking child off suspected allergy should shiner eye go away ?

Confusing question: Most "allergic shiners" are related to airborne allergens or other factors. They often persist through whatever pollen season your kid is susceptible to. How you would go about removing the air they breathe is a head scratcher. ...Read more

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My 6 month baby woke up today morning with an eye allergy... he is getting tears f on his left eye and its swollen. Please advice on home remedy.

My 6 month baby woke up today morning with an eye allergy... he is getting tears f on his left eye and its swollen. Please advice on home remedy.

Should be seen: Swelling of the eye can be a periorbital infection, less likely is eye allergy . Especially with only one eye involved and with swelling as you describe. If the area around the eye is red, hot or becoming more swollen you need immediate medical attention for your baby. ...Read more

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Swollen, red, itchy eye in a child. Infection or allergies?

Swollen, red, itchy eye in a child.  Infection or allergies?

Conjunctivitis: Red itchy eyes, sometimes with swelling describes conjunctivitis. There are different causes, from allergic, viral, chemical and bacterial. If it is not resolved in a couple of days, and if there is swelling and green yellow discharge from the eye, have your child evaluated by your doc. ...Read more

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