Chewable antihistamine tables for children

Child putting a tablet on their tongue

If your child requires an antihistamine for their allergic condition and is too young to swallow tablets, you are probably using liquid antihistamine. Did you know that there is a chewable non-sedating antihistamine tablet available for children over 2 years of age?

Both liquid and chewable antihistamines work effectively, but some people find carrying a bottle of liquid antihistamine and a spoon too bulky. It can be tricky to remove the safety cap and there is the risk of leakage.

Some people may prefer to pack some chewable tablets in their child’s medicine kit instead. They are designed to be chewed and don’t require water to swallow them, so may be more convenient. Ask your pharmacist or health care professional about the best choice of antihistamine for your child. It may be that they have the liquid at home and the chewable tablets when out and about. It is worth checking that your child is OK with chewing the tablet before relying on it during an allergic reaction.

Remember that adrenaline is the only treatment that will reverse the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Antihistamines are recommended for treatment of mild and moderate allergic reactions, including allergic rhinitis (hay fever), but have no role in treating or preventing respiratory (breathing) and cardiovascular (heart and blood pressure) symptoms of anaphylaxis.

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