Before giving Phenergan or any type of medicine to children, it is ideal if your pharmacist or doctor weighs the risks of your children taking the medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for your child. All medicines have risks, benefits and possible side effects but when prescribed correctly as an antihistamine and / or prescribed by a doctor as a sedative for short-term use, Phenergan can be very effective for children over 2 years of age.

What is is Phenergan?

Phenergan is an over the counter or prescribed medicine that has several uses.It is an antihistamine and according to the Better Health Channel, it is used to treat a number of conditions:

  • allergies – allergic contact dermatitis, hives, hay fever, bites and stings
  • respiratory symptoms due to allergies – runny nose
  • nausea and vomiting – motion sickness
  • assists in the management of the symptoms of chicken pox and measures by acting as a sedative
  • for short-term use for sedation on the advice of a pharmacist or doctor – do not use for more than 7-10 days

Phenergan should not usually be taken for more than 10 days in a row. If your child's symptoms persist, see your pharmacist or doctor for advice.

Who can it be administrated to?

Phenergan has attracted controversial for being used as a sedative for babies but it should not be given to newborn or premature babies under 2 years of age in any circumstance due to the potential for fatal respiratory depression. It should only be administrated to children aged 2 years and older and although it is available over the counter, it is best to speak to your pharmacist or doctor before giving it to your child.

What are the long-term effects of Phenergan?

All medicine can have side effects and it's important to see your doctor if your child experiences any side effects with Phenergan. However, Phenergan is only suitable for short-term use ideally with the advice of a doctor. It is not meant for prolonged use and can lead to nasty side effects. Better Health Channel says that common side effects of long-term use of Phenergan for children include:

  • over – excitement
  • high fever
  • difficulty breathing
  • hallucinations
  • shaky and unsteady movements
  • convulsions and / or tremors
  • unconsciousness

It's helpful to get recommendations for medicine from other mothers or on forums but please seek proper medical assistance from a health professional such as a doctor or pharmacist before giving Phenergan or any other medication to your child. Phenergan is NOT suitable for children under 2 in any circumstances nor is it suitable for diabetics or for long-term use so proceed with caution when administrating it to your child.