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Can a 5 years old take allergy medications?

My daughter has seasonal allergies. Can 5 years old take allergy medications?

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Hello, yes, a five year old can definitely take allergy medications. As an allergist, I usually avoid medications like Benadryl because it can cause drowsiness and is too short-acting. Cetirizine 5 mg is appropriate for this age. I would also recommend making an appointment to see your local allergist for testing!
Yes, allergy medications are safe for children - if you have questions about the proper dose you can check with your pediatrician or an allergist.  Monika Korff,
yes oral like zyrtec or nasal like flonase sensimist
Yes, children as young as 2 years old can typically take certain allergy medications under the guidance and supervision of a pediatrician or healthcare provider. However, the specific age at which a child can safely take allergy medication may vary depending on the medication and the child's individual health circumstances.

For example, both Zyrtec (cetirizine) and Claritin (loratadine), which are commonly used antihistamines for seasonal allergies, are approved for children as young as 2 years old. Other medications, such as certain nasal sprays or eye drops, may have different age recommendations.

It's crucial to consult with your daughter's pediatrician before giving her any allergy medication. The pediatrician can assess her medical history, allergies, current medications (if any), and other factors to determine the most appropriate and safe treatment plan for her. They can also provide guidance on proper dosing and potential side effects to watch for.

In addition to medication, other allergy management strategies such as avoiding allergens, using air purifiers, and keeping indoor environments clean and free of dust and pet dander can also be beneficial for managing seasonal allergies in children.