Pharmacy Corner
Seasonal Allergies What can I give my child if he/she has allergies?
  1. What can I give my child if he/she has allergies?

    Some of the allergy medications have age restrictions which should be taken into consideration when treating your child’s allergies.

    • Newer antihistamines such as Reactine®, Claritin®, and Aerius® are preferred because they cause less drowsiness.
    • Decongestants should NOT be used in children less than 6 years old.1 Instead, saline nose drops/mist should be used in children less than 6 years old to clean the nose.
    • Some steroid nose sprays are considered safe to be used in children 4 years of age or older.1
  2. Is there anything I can take if pregnant or breastfeeding?


    IMPORTANT

    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your pharmacist or doctor about your allergy symptoms so that they can suggest treatments that is best for you.


  3. When should I see a doctor?

    You should go see the doctor in the following situations:

    • If you have tried over-the-counter medications for 2 weeks and have no relief from your allergy symptoms.1
    • If you are not able to identify what allergens are causing your symptoms. In this case, your doctor may refer you to an allergy specialist who may do a skin test to identity the allergens.
    • If you have a fever or pus-like discharge from your eyes or nose.