You can't cure your child’s allergies, but you can help your little one feel better.
With any type of drug, be sure to follow the directions on the label.
Things to Know:
- Some are short-acting and are taken every 4 to 6 hours.
- Longer-acting timed-release ones are taken every 12 to 24 hours.
- Some medicines combine an antihistamine and a decongestant.
- The most common side effects are drowsiness and dry mouth.
Ask your pediatrician which medicine is best for your child.
When Kids Should Take Antihistamines
Most experts say you should take these meds before symptoms start in order to keep them at bay.
Ask your pediatrician whether you should give your child allergy medicine:
Examples of prescription-strength ones include:
Most eyedrops are recommended only for children over 3. Common prescription ones include:
Over-the-counter antihistamines include:
- Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Fexofenadine (Allegra)
- Loratadine (Alavert, Claritin)
Nasal Spray Basics
They reduce mucus, itching, and congestion. They take a while to work. You need a prescription to get them.
For best results:
Make sure your child sprays the medication away from the septum, the thin wall between the nostrils.
If his nose has thick mucus, clear it first with a spray saline solution or have him blow his nose.
Your doctor may want him to keep taking antihistamines and other allergy drugs until the nose spray kicks in, usually in a week or two.
Singulair is a prescription drug that can prevent asthma attacks. It’s also approved for treating allergies. It eases congestion in the nose and also cuts down on sneezing, itching, and eye allergies. It blocks the release of inflammatory chemicals that swell nasal passages and make a lot of mucus.
Prescription eyedrops can relieve and prevent itchy eyes. Your child may need to use them every day.
It may take a while to find the right medication or combination for your little one. Work with your doctor to create a plan that lets your child do all the things he wants to do.