and follow all label directions on the medicine bottle or box.
Try calamine lotion for a rash caused by
contact dermatitis, such as poison ivy or poison oak
For severe itching, apply
hydrocortisone cream 4 times a day until the itch is gone.
Note: Do not use the cream on children younger than age
2 unless your doctor tells you to do so. Do not use in the rectal or vaginal
area on children younger than age 12 unless your doctor tells you to do so.
Try an oral
antihistamine to help the scratch-itch cycle. Examples
include chlorpheniramine maleate, such as Chlor-Trimeton, and diphenhydramine,
such as Benadryl. Oral antihistamines are helpful when itching and discomfort
are preventing your child from doing normal activities, such as going to school
or getting to sleep. Don't give antihistamines to your child unless you've
checked with the doctor first.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your child's fever or pain:
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
Carefully read and follow all labels on
the medicine bottle and box.
Give, but do not exceed, the maximum
Do not give your child a medicine if he or she
has had an
allergic reaction to it in the past.