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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
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
Yes you can: Be cautious though with antihistamines in general in infants, read the labels of all OTC drugs carefully, check with your doctor if you want to give antihistamines regularly, good luck ...Read more
My 22 month old got bit on the face by something. Took him in to the pediatrician. Recommended Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Can I also give pedia care infants? Dosage?
Unnecessary: If you are trying to help the bite, pediacare is unnecessary. ...Read more
Is it safe to give an 11 month old infant Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for bronchitis and running nose?
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
I took the antihistamine loratadine 3 days in a row when I was 5 weeks & a couple days pregnant (I didn't know then). Might this have harmed my baby?
Safe: The likelihood of harm to the baby is low. ...Read more
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
Can I take hydroxycut sprinkles while taking baby aspirin, pravastatin 20 mg, and an antihistamine.
What antihistamine can I give to my 8months old baby because she has itchy rashes, others say it is rosiola virus.?
My 8months old baby having a running nose with light fever for 3days, she's taking calpol paracetamol and antihistamine, but she still sick.
I have an ear infection and runny nose. Currently breasfeeding. What medications (antibiotic and antihistamine) can I take for my baby to be safe?
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
Is it bad to take an antihistamine during a cold, i.e. does suppressing mucus make the cold last longer?
No value: Antihistamines have no value in the treatment of viral illnesses. ...Read more
Older ones do:
First generation antihistamines (benadryl, clor-pheramine, atarax) cross the blood brain barrier and cause lethargy.
Second generation (allegra, claritin, zyrtec, xyzal, (levocetirizine) clarinex) cause the blood brain barrier at a much lesser amount and more targeted to the h1 receptor. ...Read more
Yes but why: Although antihistamines are a very safe class of medications, the better question is why is there a need to take them daily? If antihistamines are being taken for treatment of nasal symptoms, see an allergist to identify the trigger. ...Read more
Several are good: Loratedine (Alavert, Claritin), Cetirizine (Zyrtec)and Fexofenadine (Allegra)are all effective. Dyphenhydramine (Benadryl) is short acting so if you want the reaction not to come back in the middle of the night then one of the above would be better. Remember that you should not give children under 2 antihistamines without checking with your doctor. Between 2-4 y/o you should also ask. Not for colds ...Read more
There are two important considerations. Efficacy and side effects. Caution must be taken with combination meds (antihistamines along with decongestants). Men with prostate issues and anyone with cardiac/BP issues.
Also glaucoma can be affected especially by first generation antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Best bet, ask your doctor :-) ...Read more