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is it safe to give children benadryl to sleep

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes if used seldomly: Plain Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is safe to use in children to treat allergy symptoms such as hives or other itchy rashes, itchy / watery eyes, and it ... Read More
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Dr. Ravi Chand
25 years experience Psychiatry
Sleep: No. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Diphenhydramine can stick to the brain for 3 days impairing motor and skilled performance, judgment and memory etc.
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Dr. Sathish Adigopula
19 years experience Pediatrics
NO: Benadryl/ Diphenhydramine is a medication used to decrease allergic reaction and not a medication for sleep. Sleep is a side effect if the medication. ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes,but: Safety is a simple issue for this medication that's been around for decades & demonstrated a good safety profile when used in proper doses. It is also ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Probably: The two act differently and do not overlap in producing bad side effects. The Claritin is slow in /out and needs to be given daily for any recognized ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Powers
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Safe, not effective: Will help put you to sleep, but won't keep you asleep and you'll likely awake with a hung-over feeling. Moreover, it is constipating if used persiste ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Wrong: There is nothing to compare with normal child's sleep. It is the most tranquil form of sleep. Find out why your child cannot sleep for it is definitel ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Riney
36 years experience Pediatrics
No: Very poor sleep medication with side effects possible.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
100 mg?: The margin of safety is quite high although you may end up with dry mouth and even constipation at higher doses. If Benadryl at 100 mg does not put yo ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dennihy
35 years experience Emergency Medicine
NO: It is not safe for pre-adolescent or adolescents for that matter to be taking any sleeping aids of any type. At this age sleep should be a common end ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Absolutely, yes: Hi. You poor thing. Insomnia sucks. Yes, by all means feel free to use Benedryl (diphenhydramine) to help you sleep. You may feel a little bit groggy ... Read More
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