Is My Child Suffering From Allergies or A Cold?

Is My Child Suffering From Allergies or A Cold?


It's sometimes hard to tell

This is a common and sometimes confusing question, but very relevant! The congestion, headache, and sneezing can make your child feel foggy and tired. So should you have them take allergy medications or cold medications to feel better?

Your doctor may ask you or your child several questions to help delineate between the two. Have you noticed that your child gets sick at the start of every new season? If so, your child’s symptoms may be more related to allergies versus the common cold. Also, if your child isn’t having fevers, muscle aches or body aches, this also points more towards allergies.

What medications will help?

Keeping your child hydrated and well-rested is always a good idea. Antihistamines like Zyrtec (Cetirizine) or Allegra (Fexofenadine) help with decreasing the allergic response. Additionally, it’s important to know that Zyrtec can cause drowsiness in some kids so try to give it to your child before bed. It is worth mentioning that there is a paradoxical hyper-reactive response with Zyrtec (some children may exhibit hyper-alertness, excitability, and hyperactivity when taking it).

Can my child go to school?

Allergies can make your child feel drowsy and some medications to treat the allergies can, as well. If your child is finding it difficult to concentrate, or the symptoms are too bothersome, then it may be better to keep your child home so they can rest and sleep. If with antihistamines, your child’s symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and tiredness are better, then they should be okay to go to school.

Can I prevent my child from getting allergies?

There is no approved medication for preventing allergies. However, allergy immunotherapy can treat allergies unlike the medications that just mask the symptoms. See your friendly allergist for recommendations!


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