How can I help my 4 year old son with his allergies? He is constantly itchy from the pollen. I give him zyrtec (cetirizine) every nightt
Allergies. Pollen counts are rising in my neck of the woods too -- zyrtec is a good start, but I would also consider an age-appropriate nasal steroid -- see your family doctor or pediatrician for advice -- help is out there!
Itchy kid. Take him to a pediatric allergist to help identify the culprit. It may be something other than pollen. He is not too young for immunotherapy. Some doctors provide sublingual immunotherapy though this is not approved generally in the us.
My son is 10 years, he has a severe pollen allergy. I gave him zyrtec at 5:00pm, can I give Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at 12:00am?
Pollen allergy. You can but you can give him another dose of zyrtec (cetirizine) in the morning if necessamry.
Agree with Dr Novick. Are the tree pollens starting up already where you live? If the combo cetirizine and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) aren't working consider starting a steroid nasal spray (quite safe actually) or could he be coming down with a cold?
Mgt. I would suggest avoiding pollen, by closing the windows, using a HEPA filter indoors. Nasal steroids and saline rinses may also help. I would using Zyrtec or Claritin.