Benadryl or Zyrtec is only recommended for infants who are having a mild reaction such as localized hives or redness. Benadryl or Zyrtec will not stop anaphylaxis from happening. Only epinephrine can stop anaphylaxis.
What do I do if my child has an allergic reaction?
Call 911 if:
- Your child has symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. These may include: Sudden raised, red areas (hives) all over his or her body. Swelling of the throat, mouth, lips, or tongue. Trouble breathing. …
- Your child has been given an epinephrine shot, even if your child feels better.
What is the best medicine for baby allergy?
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. In addition, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an OTC antihistamine that is safe for children to take.
Can you give baby Benadryl?
While it is true that Benadryl is a common treatment used in adults and older children, diphenhydramine but can be dangerous for children under two years old. And after two it should be used carefully with a doctor’s advice on frequency and dosage. Therefore, Benadryl is not safe for infants as a general rule.
What does an allergic reaction look like on a child?
Signs and Symptoms
stuffy, runny nose. sneezing. itchy, watery eyes. red bumps (hives) anywhere on the body.
How do I know if my baby has allergies or a cold?
With a cold, nasal secretions are often thicker than in allergy and can be discolored (as compared with the clear, watery discharge of allergies). The child who has a cold may have a sore throat and a cough, and the child’s temperature is sometimes slightly raised but not always.
When should I take my baby to the hospital for an allergic reaction?
If you think your child may be having symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, you should call 911 immediately for your child to be taken to the emergency room. (Anaphylaxis requires emergency medical treatment.) Mild allergic symptoms often involve an itchy rash made up of bumps called hives.