Therefore, do not use this product to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules) are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years.
What age can you give a child antihistamines?
Cetirizine tablets and liquid that you buy from pharmacies and supermarkets can be taken by adults and children aged 6 and older. Children over the age of 2 can also take liquid cetirizine for hay fever and skin allergies. Cetirizine can also be taken under medical supervision by children aged 1 year and older.
Can a child take an antihistamine?
You shouldn’t give children under two years antihistamines that cause drowsiness. Examples are promethazine (Phenergan®) and trimeprazine (Vallergan®). Antihistamines generally aren’t recommended for long-term use, so check with your doctor before giving them to your child.
How much antihistamine can a child take?
Children 6 years of age and older—5 to 10 mg once a day. Children 4 to 6 years of age—2.5 mg once a day, up to a maximum of 5 mg once a day or 2.5 mg twice a day.
Why are antihistamines bad for children?
In children: Antihistamines may make young children sleepy or may stimulate the nervous system, causing hyperactivity. Don’t give antihistamines to your child unless you’ve checked with the doctor first.
At what age can a child take allergy medicine?
Most over-the-counter (OTC) allergy meds are considered safe for kids 2 years of age and older. Oral antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), and Allegra (fexofenadine) are available OTC in kid-friendly formulations. These meds help with sneezing, itching, eye irritation, and runny nose.
What is the best antihistamine for toddlers?
Non-drowsy, long-acting antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra and Clarinex are available in children’s form over the counter and are generally safe for little ones ages 2 and older, as long as you get the okay from your doctor.
Can I give my child antihistamine and ibuprofen?
No interactions were found between Benadryl Children’s Allergy and ibuprofen. This does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult your healthcare provider.
Can I give my 2 year old Benadryl for allergies?
Benadryl is generally not safe to give to babies or infants under 2 years old at home. Sometimes, people can safely give infants aged 2 to 5 small doses of Benadryl, but only when a doctor advises them to do so. Specific child-friendly Benadryl is available for children aged 6 and above.
How much Zyrtec can I give my 7 year old?
Children’s Zyrtec Dissolve Tabs (cetirizine hydrochloride 10 mg)
|children under 6 years of age||ask a doctor|
|adults and children 6 years and over||one 10 mg tablet once daily; do not take more than one 10 mg tablet in 24 hours. A 5 mg product may be appropriate for less severe symptoms.|
Can too much antihistamine be bad?
Research on antihistamines says that children and older adults are more at risk of an antihistamine overdose than adults. One study found that children have experienced heart problems, seizures, and even death from an antihistamine overdose. The most common reactions are mild, however, and include: rashes.
How much antihistamine can I give my dog?
The average dog would get 1/4mg per pound; for example, a 16lb dog would get a single 4 mg tablet twice daily. This is one of the few prescription-only antihistamines used in veterinary medicine. Dosing is very similar to Benedryl at 1mg per pound body weight 2-3 times daily.