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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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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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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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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 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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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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7 weeks baby with under eye dark circles. Normal? She has very fair skin and her dad has them as well. Is it indicative of allergies?

7 weeks baby with under eye dark circles.  Normal?  She has very fair skin and her dad has them as well. Is it indicative of allergies?

Dark circles: Under infants eyes can be normal. The skin there is very thin making blood vessels close to the surface more prominent. Dark circles are seen in allergic patients but having dark circles doesn't mean your child is allergic. That is not a label I would give a 7 week old. Is she feeding ok? Growing? Any other concerning symptoms? You also said Dad had them...sounds like a family trait. ...Read more