The GBI reports four infant deaths between 2015 and 2017 caused by acute antihistamine toxicity.
Pharmacists said parents should carefully read all instructions on drug labels. including allergy medications.
“It’s very clear: Children under 2, do not use. Two to 5, do not use unless you consult a physician. This should never be used as a sleep aide,” said Ira Katz, owner of Little Five Points Pharmacy in Atlanta. “It’s not indicated as a sleep aide.”
Some parents said they are careful not use allergy drugs to help children sleep or rest.
“If they got stung by a bee, I would probably give them Benadryl for that, or an allergic reaction to shellfish, but not to go to sleep," parent Samantha Bosley said.
Pharmacists also warned parents to keep over-the-counter drugs out of reach of children.
“Put it way up in the cabinet so no one can get ahold of it,” Katz said.