Giving anti-histamines to children
Hi, my friends and I were discussing the antihistamine drug zyrtec and the following questions popped up:
- one of our group plans to systematically gives her 2 year old zyrtec throughout the summer to control his reaction to mosquito bites. Is this safe?
- another mom says she will use zyrtec to help settle her daughter on the plane as it has drowsiness as side effect. Again, is this safe?
It seems crazy to me to use any kind of drug so liberally but perhaps I am wrong?
Using Zyrtec (Cetirizine) or any other antihistamine continually for insect bites or as a sleeping aid during travel in children is not recommended. The side effects of these medications can be worse than the conditions we're using them for. Brief use for specific conditions as recommended by your doctor is preferable. It's best to prevent insect bites by using repellents.