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Natural Antihistamine For Kids
Is zyrtek allergy med safe for a 7yr old, are there any natural ways to treat his dust mite allergy other than medicine everyday?
Avoidance: of allergen is always the best. Guideline recommends * Keep indoor relative humidity to 65% /day would allow mites to live. *Vacuum at least 1x/wk. (include upholstered furniture) *Encase mattress , box spring, pillows in densely weaved microfiber encasings *Remove drape, carpeting whenever possible. *Launder bedding at least 1x/wk *Allergy shots if necessary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm looking for a natural antihistamine for seasonal allergies rather than using zyrtec (cetirizine)?
Natural treatments : Natural treatments are medications too. Usually not as well studied or characterized for benefit and safety as those approved by the fda. I don't know of any natural antihistamines per se but butterbur has been reported to have benefits. A very safe alternative to allergy medicine is buffered saline washes. These can be purchased or home made but certain hygienic guidelines should be followed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Toddler cough : Hello, zyrtec (cetirizine) is an antihistamine that may help with allergic disease. It will also help dry up excessive watery drainage. If your child has a cough linked to an allergic condition or possibly asthma, then zyrtec (cetirizine) may be very helpful. Check with your doctor for confirmation. ...Read more
Maybe: There Are claims of antiviral properties but no good evidence based studies. And the manufacturing practices of some of the alternative medicines can be of poor quality. The best way to boost your child's immunity is through good nutrition, adequate rest and exercise, frequent hand washing and timely vaccinations. ...Read more
Our 7 mo old is struggling with pain from teething. We tried cold chew toys. Are natural teething tablets (Hylands) safe? Effective? Others remedies?
Do you consider the hylands products to be safe and/or effective for children under 2 years old? Looking for cold and teething relief
Not safe: Hylands homeopathic drops have been recalled in the past for risk of toxic side effects from one of the ingredients, belladonna. The concentration of belladonna was found to vary between preparations. I would stick with nasal saline drops for relief of cold symptoms. For teething, i would recommend massaging your baby's gums and using a teething toy like sophie the giraffe. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Allergies: If your child has allergies (sneezing, itchy nose, itchy eyes, runny nose) then try zyrtec (cetirizine), claritin/alavert (loratadine), Allegra (fexofenadine) or Benadryl (diphenhydramine). If he/she has a cold with runny nose no cold meds are recommended under age 6. After age 6 there are lots of choices. They help a little (not a lot). Common brands include triaminic and dimetapp. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sure: Not sure what this is asking but any medication should be purchased by an adult and the directions on the label should be followed. ...Read more
Natural : Consider saline nasal rises such as neilmed that you can get at any pharmacy without a prescription to remove nasal allergies but also using a otc med such as naph con a. ...Read more
Which is better for children to boost their immunity after illness 7seas tablets or minadex multivitamin syrup?
Good health: The only vitamin which seems to help the immune system is vitamin d3 although Folic Acid has also been touted to boost immune function. Staying in good health and pursing a regular exercise program will likely help the immune system. There is no proof that multivitamins really helps the immune system. ...Read more
Congested chest&sticky phlegm in throat, best home remedies to bring quick relief? For adults? For children?
Lots of fluids!: Extra fluids may help. Make your own cough medicine by using 1 part tea, 1part honey, and l part lemon juice. An "expectorant" is an over-the-counter medication which may help to liquify mucous secretions and make them easier to cough up. Don't give honey to babies under one year old. And it goes without saying that a non-smoking environment will be helpful to everyone. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to use children's Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with hylands cold n cough for kids? My daughter is 2.
No: Cough & cold medications are not recommended for children under 4 years. They do not make colds better, shorten how long a child is sick, or prevent a child from worsening, & they can be dangerous. Coughing during the day helps your child keep her airway clear. If she cannot sleep at night, try a cool mist humidifier, a teaspoon of honey or saltwater nose drops. Good info here: kidshealth.org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OK but not greatest: I am a big believer that everyone should take a good quality multivitamin but, while better than some, you can do a lot better. It's good that it does not have synthetic dyes or high fructose corn syrup but it has synthetic E (which is toxic) and folic acid, which many can't utilize, and is low in potency. For gummy vits Smarty Pants Kids Complete is much better! See http://tinyurl.com/mzrkbx8 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Safety not known for: herbal products, as well controlled studies have not been done. One ingredient, passion flower, is contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation in drugs.com. Melatonin has been more widely studied and although not approved as a drug, does help regulate sleep cycles and has not been found to have toxicities. Avoid caffeine, high activity and TV, along with reg bedtime rituals seem to work the best. ...Read more
Is it possible that i give my two-year-old children's Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for seasonal allergies?
Yes: Yes, you can give your 2 year old child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergy symptoms. Its onset is fast within 15-60 minutes and it lasts for about 4-6 hours. Otc zyrtec's onset is also fast and it lasts for 24 hours. Keep in mind that those medications can control mild allergy symptoms. If your child still suffers from the disease after taking otc meds, you might want to bring him or her to see an allergist. ...Read more
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