Your child could have seasonal allergies to pollen or mold. Or indoor allergies to pet dander, dust mites, mold (again) or something else entirely. Symptom-relieving meds tackle what’s going on inside them when they react to their trigger. Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory. Antihistamines and mast cell stabilizers block the histamine causing lots of their symptoms. If it’s mainly one part of their body that’s affected, then topical allergy medicine for kids could be the right choice.
Some medications are approved for babies and toddlers. Others only from a certain age. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist and always read the information leaflet very carefully.
1. Allergy medications for a blocked, stuffy or itchy nose
There are corticosteroid nasal sprays and antihistamine nasal sprays for kids. You can also get combined antihistamine and steroid nasal sprays. Children can use decongestants but, like grown-ups, not for more than a few days. And mast cell stabilizers also come in a nasal spray.
2. Allergy relief for teary red eyes
There are different options here too. Children can have antihistamine or mast cell stabilizer eye drops. There are also drops combining the two treatments. You may need to treat your child’s eyes several times a day.