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Which medications are safe to treat childhood allergies?
27 doctors weighed in

Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
11 doctors agree
In brief: Several
The options depend upon age.
Oral second generation antihistamines are unlikely to be sedating (zyrtec, claritin, or allegra). Nasal steroid and antihistamine sprays can be very helpful for symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Leukotriene inhibitors such as singulair (montelukast) block allergic inflammatory chemicals. These all have a good safety record. Allergy shots can help with moderate to severe allergy.

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In brief: Several
The options depend upon age.
Oral second generation antihistamines are unlikely to be sedating (zyrtec, claritin, or allegra). Nasal steroid and antihistamine sprays can be very helpful for symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Leukotriene inhibitors such as singulair (montelukast) block allergic inflammatory chemicals. These all have a good safety record. Allergy shots can help with moderate to severe allergy. Consult a doctor now ›
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology , 11 years in practice
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: Antihistamines
Most antihistamines are safe for children to use to treat childhood allergies.
Some examples of brand name antihistamines are Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (1st generation) and claritin, zyrtec and Allegra (2nd generation). It is always best to speak to your healthcare provider before trying one of these medicines.

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In brief: Antihistamines
Most antihistamines are safe for children to use to treat childhood allergies.
Some examples of brand name antihistamines are Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (1st generation) and claritin, zyrtec and Allegra (2nd generation). It is always best to speak to your healthcare provider before trying one of these medicines. Would you like a more personalized answer to your question? ›
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Interesting tidbit. Claritin, available OTC as a 10mg tablet is tasteless when chewed and easily broken in half. Buying generic loratadine (claritin) will save you money over the high prices of flavored liquids or "redi-tabs". Most children with teeth can chew and tolerate 1/2 of a tablet (5 mg) without sedation or other side-effects. Ask your doctor if this dose is righf for your child first.
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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics , 16 years in practice
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Many
There are many antihistamines (claritin, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) others) and topical prescription sprays (flonase, others) that are safe and effective.
Non-medical therapies can also include saline rinses and avoiding allergens.

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In brief: Many
There are many antihistamines (claritin, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) others) and topical prescription sprays (flonase, others) that are safe and effective.
Non-medical therapies can also include saline rinses and avoiding allergens. Would you like to talk to a doctor now? ›
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Identifying the allergic triggers with blood RAST testing or by prick skin testing is useful for determining the need for allergen avoidance (pet and dust mites) and also helps a physician determine if an acute respiratory event is likely, or unlikely, to be allergy related (depending upon the pollen season in bloom). See an Allergist if your PCP shows no interest in this testing and symptoms cont
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics , 19 years in practice
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Many
There are many medications that are safe and effective for use in childhood allergies including antihistamines, nasal steroids, anti leukotriene medications are some of the most common one.

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There are many medications that are safe and effective for use in childhood allergies including antihistamines, nasal steroids, anti leukotriene medications are some of the most common one. A doctor can talk to you now ›
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology , 21 years in practice
Dr. Joel Selter
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
2 doctors agree
In brief: Lots
There a lots of medications that can be given to children most with excellent safety profile.
Claritin, zyrtec, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are just a few. Many nasal sprays are also safe though many parents get nervous when they hear that some contain steroids.

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In brief: Lots
There a lots of medications that can be given to children most with excellent safety profile.
Claritin, zyrtec, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are just a few. Many nasal sprays are also safe though many parents get nervous when they hear that some contain steroids. Get personalized help from a doctor ›
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Dr. Joel Selter
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma , 29 years in practice
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at 1yr
Many allergy drugs are approved for use in children, if age 2 years or older. Examples include: oral allegra, claritin, singulair, & zyrtec, and nasal sprays nasacort aq, nasonex, & veramyst.
Pediatricians also use plain Benadryl (diphenhydramine) syrup, for toddlers down to age 1 year. Skin rashes from allergies are usually treated with Hydrocortisone 1%, or a stronger prescription steroid cream if needed.

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In brief: Oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at 1yr
Many allergy drugs are approved for use in children, if age 2 years or older. Examples include: oral allegra, claritin, singulair, & zyrtec, and nasal sprays nasacort aq, nasonex, & veramyst.
Pediatricians also use plain Benadryl (diphenhydramine) syrup, for toddlers down to age 1 year. Skin rashes from allergies are usually treated with Hydrocortisone 1%, or a stronger prescription steroid cream if needed. Talk to a doctor now › ›
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Dr. Luis Matos
Most are safe at the right dose. Many are hesitant on using antihistamines in kids because of the recent removal of a lot of medications from the market. The main problem with these were that they were being used for all sorts of symptoms without knowing if they truly had allergy. Label just said "Consult with Physician" under a certain age. Many didn't and parents were unknowingly overdosing them
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics , 25 years in practice
Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Most
Singulair (montelukast) , nasal antihistamine, and albuterol are considered safe.
However intranasal steroid and inhaled cortisone are in general more effective although there is some evidence that the ultimate height may be slightly reduced (1/3 inch) plus a slight risk for cataracts later on in life.

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Singulair (montelukast) , nasal antihistamine, and albuterol are considered safe.
However intranasal steroid and inhaled cortisone are in general more effective although there is some evidence that the ultimate height may be slightly reduced (1/3 inch) plus a slight risk for cataracts later on in life. Get an answer that is personalized to you ›
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Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology , 49 years in practice
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