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Benadryl is an antihistamine as is Zyrtec. Neither really work for cold symptoms since they are for allergies.
Decongestants help with stuffy nose but are not approved or used in children under 4 years of age.
Why is he on Zyrtec? It is not usually used in infants either.
I am the grandmother and was surprised when my daughter
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told me the pedi recommended this. Baby is at home, not exposed to many children. After being with cousins started stuffiness, runny nose. Coincidentally a 9 month check-up with Dr. was a few days later. Dr. said give Zyrtec. My daughter added the benadryl at night to help him sleep. I was concerned.
I don't recommend benadryl except for allergic reactions in infants and am always concerned that parents give it more to make their baby sleep than for allergies.
Zyrtec is sometimes given for allergies in young children but rarely in infants 9 months old!
This could be allergies due to fall weather change, but I didn't think infants had a well enough developed system to experience true allergy symptoms
I agree with you 110%.
What do you recommend ?
You are correct in that infants don't usually have seasonal allergies, having only been around less than a year so unexposed to pollens. It is the re-exposure that starts the allergic process so not until the second year. Allergic reactions to poison ivy, antibiotics, etc are different and benadryl works for that.
For colds and stuffy noses at this age all that is necessary is keeping the nose suctioned out and elevating the bed to help him breath, as well as a cool mist humidifier at night.
Tylenol is fine but is for fever or achiness and will not help congestion.
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