Here at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates of Tampa Bay, we understand the challenges that parents face when it comes to managing allergies in toddlers. Allergies can be particularly difficult to diagnose and treat in young children, and parents often struggle to find effective treatments that are safe and age-appropriate. In this post, we will explore some of the common allergy medications and treatments that are available for toddlers today.
Antihistamines are the most common type of allergy medication for toddlers. They work by blocking the release of histamine, which is the chemical responsible for causing allergy symptoms such as itching, sneezing, and runny nose. Some popular over-the-counter antihistamines for toddlers include cetirizine (Zyrtec®), loratadine (Claritin®), and fexofenadine (Allegra®).
It is important to note that while antihistamines are generally safe for toddlers, they can cause drowsiness and should be used with caution. Parents should always follow the dosage instructions on the packaging and consult with their child’s allergist before giving any medication.
Nasal sprays can be an effective treatment for allergies in toddlers, particularly if the allergy symptoms are predominantly nasal, such as sneezing, congestion, and runny nose. Most nasal sprays work by reducing inflammation in the nasal passages, which can help to alleviate these symptoms. Nasal sprays are a great addition to your toddler’s allergy treatment regimen if oral medication isn’t enough.
Some common nasal sprays for toddlers include fluticasone propionate (Flonase®) and mometasone furoate (Nasonex®). Again, parents should always consult with their child’s allergist before using any medication, including nasal sprays.
If a toddler’s allergy symptoms include itchy, red, and watery eyes, then eye drops can be an effective treatment. Eye drops work by reducing inflammation and blocking histamine release in the eyes. Olopatadine (Pataday®) or Ketotifen (Zaditor®) are eye drop choices for allergies in toddlers
There are other prescription medications for allergies in toddlers. One such medication is called montelukast (Singulair®). It comes as a chewable tablet or a packet of granules. Your allergist can let you know if this medication is a good choice for your child.
Allergy Shots and Drops
Allergy shots and drops, also known as immunotherapy, can be an effective long-term treatment for allergies in older toddlers. Allergy shots and drops work by exposing the child too small amounts of the allergen over a period of time, gradually desensitizing their immune system to the allergen.
Allergy shots and drops are typically administered on a regular schedule over a period of several years. While allergy shots and drops can be effective, they do require a significant commitment from both the child and the parents.
Allergy Treatments for Tampa Bay Toddlers
Allergies can be a real challenge for parents of toddlers, but there are many effective treatments and medications available. It is important for parents to work closely with their child’s allergist to find the right treatment plan for their child’s individual needs. At Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates of Tampa Bay, we are committed to helping families manage allergies in their toddlers and providing them with the resources and support they need to ensure their child’s health and well-being. If your toddler is struggling with allergies, contact us at 813-971-9743.