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My family and I are no strangers to allergies.  We’ve got them all – food allergies, medication allergies to seasonal allergies.  Given our family history, the combination can cause a lot of anxiety for our family, especially surrounding the little Mister.  Our family is always on high alert when it comes to allergic reactions but come fall/winter time, distinguishing between a common cold and allergies can be difficult.  With the kids’ back to school (the little Mister’s first foray into a school setting too!) and germs rearing its ugly head in full force, we’re all too nervous.  OTC Safety has come up with these handy dandy info-graphics to help navigate the confusion.


 The key indicators being a fever or body aches which seasonal allergies would not have.


If you notice every year around this time that your family is suffering from the above symptoms, you can be sure that you’ve got seasonal fall allergies and not a common cold.  It’s not uncommon for someone to suddenly develop a new seasonal allergy too.  I was always a fall allergen sufferer, but this past spring, my eyes were watering, nose was itchy — I was now reacting to the spring season.

Whether you’re treating allergies or a cold, it’s always best to consult with your doctor to make sure you and your family are taking the correct medication and dosing.  Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Many allergy medications like cetirizine, chlorpheniramine, diphenhydramine are not approved for use for children under the age of 6.
  • You should never give cold or cough medicine to a child under the age of 4
  • Some oral allergy medicines may cause excitability or nervousness and some may cause drowsiness.  If you are concerned about any of these side effects, speak with your doctor.
  • Never use any allergy medicine to sedate or make a child sleepy.
  • Never give aspirin-containing products to children and adolescents for cold or flu symptoms unless told to do so by a doctor.
  • Always use the correct measuring device, never a spoon.


Visit for a bevy of important information for parents on medicine and medicine safety.  For more information on treating allergies this season visit:

{ disclosure: I received compensation for this post as part of the CHPA OTC Safety Ambassador Program.  All the opinions reflected here are always my own. Images courtesy of }