Be careful not to crush them when you take them out of the packet.Loratadine liquid may be easier for children to take than tablets.

You could also ask your pharmacist for advice on other ways to help you remember to take your medicine. Taking too much is unlikely to harm you or your child.

If you take an extra dose by mistake, you might get a headache, have a rapid heartbeat or feel sleepy.

Do not use a kitchen teaspoon as it will not give the right amount.

Loratadine tablets and melt-in-the-mouth tablets must only be taken by children aged between 2 and 12 years if they weigh 30kg or more.

Loratadine comes as 10mg tablets and as a liquid medicine (labelled either 5mg/5ml or 1mg/1ml). For children, your doctor will use your child's weight or age to work out the right dose.

Loratadine comes as 2 different types of tablet – ordinary and melt-in-the-mouth tablets.The medicine will come with a plastic syringe or spoon to help you measure out the right dose.If you don't have a syringe or spoon, ask your pharmacist for one.Swallow ordinary loratadine tablets with a drink of water, milk or juice.If the tablet has a score line, you can break it in half if you find it hard to swallow it whole. Melt-in-the-mouth tablets dissolve instantly on your tongue without needing a drink.As well as taking a non-drowsy antihistamine like loratadine during the day, your doctor may tell you to take a sedating antihistamine at night if the itching is making it difficult to sleep.