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Is it safe to give child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 12 hours after claratin?

Is it safe to give child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 12 hours after claratin?

Combination Tx?: Yes, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and claritinare both antihistamine but different classes. They have different side effects with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) having more sedation. Because of this Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is best given before bed and Claritin given in the morning. Do no give at the same time. Allergy symptoms (usually allergic nose or hives) can be better controlled this way. As with any medications do not give for prolonged time. ...Read more

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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Can you give a child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and sudafed at the same time?

Can you give a child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and sudafed at the same time?

Avoid decongestants: Pseudoephedrine (sudafed) can cause irritability and high blood pressure in children but doesn't seem to actually help with congestion until puberty. Sudafed-pe (phenylephrine) has the same issues but typically is very poorly absorbed into the body. These drugs should never be given to children given the potential harm and lack of benefit.
Benadryl should be limited to once a day during a cold. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give an 11-year-old child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to sleep?

Is it safe to give an 11-year-old child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to sleep?

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. Other side effects include heart arrhythmia, nervous system dysfunction and more. ...Read more

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When I gave my first child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) it made her hyperactive and it was terrible. What is the likelihood my other children will have this side effect?

When I gave my first child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) it made her hyperactive and it was terrible. What is the likelihood my other children will have this side effect?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): This is a fairly common occurrence with diphenhydramine (benadryl) and is not really known to be genetic. I would use children's claritin (loratadine) (loratidine) syrup instead. Actually, it is a far better drug and is dosed only once daily. ...Read more

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Can you give a child a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after they took claritin?

Can you give a child a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after they took claritin?

Yes,: Both are used for allergy. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is short acting, can be given 3-4 times daily; dose is 5 mg/kg/day, causes some sedation. Claritin is long acting, given once daily. 5 mg once daily below 6 years, 10 mg above 6 and adult, it is non sedating. You can give Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for immediate action even the child has taken claritin. Make sure you don't overdose the child. ...Read more

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What happens if child takes Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and allegra together?

What happens if child takes Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and allegra together?

Not much: They are both antihistamines and would reduce allergic symptoms. The Benadryl (diphenhydramine) might make him/her a bit sleepy. ...Read more

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Can I give my child children's Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if they had children's Claritin earlier?

Can I give my child children's Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if they had children's Claritin earlier?

No: Both are antihistamines, and the Claritin is very long acting (12-24 hours), so the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) would be a double dose of similar drugs and likely cause increased side effects--sleepiness, irritability, dry mouth or behavior change.
You should wait 12-24 hours to give the benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to give my child delsym and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Is it possible for me to give my child delsym and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Talk to doctor: You need to give more information regarding symptoms, age of child, and such. Best to talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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We are fighting our local school so that our child can carry Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to school. How much liquid would it take to get someone high?

We are fighting our local school so that our child can carry Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to school. How much liquid would it take to get someone high?

Why benadryl (diphenhydramine)?: I am not convinced of necessity of carrying banadryl to school. If a child has a severe food allergy, e.g. Peanut, Epipen should be around, not benadryl (diphenhydramine). Benadryl (diphenhydramine) often makes child sleepy or "hyper.". ...Read more

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Giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to a child to make them sleep, what systems shuting down w/overdose?

Giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to a child to make them sleep, what systems shuting down w/overdose?

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 definitely abnormal and indicates an irritable nervous system. ...Read more

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My child is 12 yrs old. She took 6tsps of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with me knowing. What do I need to do?

Should be ok: Depending on her size, the 6 tsp of benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a mild to moderate overdose. Give lots of fluids to dilute things if it is a recent dosage. This dose will make her sleepy, but should not affect respirations
The lesson learned is medications should be kept from children and they should be educated about their careful use ...Read more

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Can giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to a child cause diarrhea?

Can giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to a child cause diarrhea?

Diarrhea & Benadryl (diphenhydramine): This is very unlikely unless there is a specific allergy to the medication or if liquid form of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) there is an allergy to one of the ingredients in the liquid. In my experience allergy to Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is rare. ...Read more

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If my child takes Claritin can he also have a dose of benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

If my child takes Claritin can he also have a dose of benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Depends: Depends on age and probably ok if one dose in am and other in pm, or if having severe allergic reaction then can follow if appropriate dose for age. ...Read more

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Is it ok for child to take Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the same time?

Is it ok for child to take Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the same time?

Yes, but: Yes, but why would they? They are both antihistamines and therefore do the same job. ...Read more

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My child has been sick for over a month. He's 5 months old, and has been in Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and breathing treat ya for wheezing. Can I do something else?

My child has been sick for over a month. He's 5 months old, and has been in Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and breathing treat ya for wheezing. Can I do something else?

Infant Asthma: If he is still having wheezing for over a month, he should be evaluated by a pediatric pulmonologist. I don't personally like to use benadryl (diphenhydramine) in anyone with wheezing. I would switch to loratidine. Good Luck ...Read more

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I read on st louis children's hospital website you can give child 20-24 lbs (under 1 yr) 3/4 tsp Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for nasal allergies. Is that true?

I read on st louis children's hospital website you can give child 20-24 lbs (under 1 yr) 3/4 tsp Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for nasal allergies. Is that true?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): While the recommended dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) it is often difficult to distinguish between is 3/4 tsp and one teaspoon. Therefore it is important to use a calibrated or measuring spoon for accurate dosing. ...Read more

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Can my 8 yr old child who has heart disease take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin at the same time?

Overdoing It: No. Please do not do this. There is so much evidence in medicine that more is not better. One should not mix medications that are similar in nature unless instructed to do so by a doctor. One does not give a child both Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin at the same time. ...Read more

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My child has had a low grade fever and some cold symptoms since Monday (mild cough).Today he developed hives as well. What can I do aside from Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

My child has had a low grade fever and some cold symptoms since Monday (mild cough).Today he developed hives as well. What can I do aside from Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Hydration & perhaps: A longer acting antihistamine like zyrtec or claritin (loratadine) (depending on your childs age). It sound like your child had a viral upper respiratory illness, & hives are often associated with viral illnesses, along with many other possible causes (food, medications, environmental exposures, etc). Hives often get worse the 1st few days, then get gradually better. If wheezing, swelling develop see Dr ASAP. ...Read more

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Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or gravol be used to make a baby sleep?

Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or gravol be used to make a baby sleep?

Quick fixes: Frustration has led many a parent to drug babies. I remember caring for one with opioid overdose as a student (Baby Percy for colic) but the sleep thing is similar. Benadryl is the main ingredient of adult sleep preparations but it has no place in infants or children. It does drug them down but it interferes with deep sleep patterns making the sleep quality poor. It worsens things long term. ...Read more

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Would Benadryl (diphenhydramine) have any effect on the baby during early pregnancy?

Would Benadryl (diphenhydramine) have any effect on the baby during early pregnancy?

Unlikely: It is pregnancy category B drug, which means: animal studies failed to show any harm to fetuses, but no controlled human studies, usually it safe to use, but don't exceed recommended dosage, and use it for the least time needed, goodluck ...Read more

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I took two Benadryl (diphenhydramine) last night and I slept like a baby, but right now I feel really dizzy?

I took two Benadryl (diphenhydramine) last night and I slept like a baby, but right now I feel really dizzy?

Hang over effect: The components that help you sleep, can often still be in your system in the morning and cause various neurologic complaints such as dizziness. ...Read more

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I'm 5 weeks preganant, I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to help me sleep. With this hurt the baby at all?

I'm 5 weeks preganant, I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to help me sleep. With this hurt the baby at all?

Other options:: 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows.
4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put work materials, computers, ; tvs in another room.
5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs. ...Read more

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My baby is 8 months old and weighs 23 pounds (big boy) a dr. At urgent care told me to give him Benadryl (diphenhydramine). 5ml, he is not my normal dr., is this ok?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): That dose is appropriate. If its to reduce some cough, congestion and runny nose, I would also use nasal saline spray/drop along with bulb suction of the nose or nosedrida. ...Read more

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Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) safe while breastfeeding? Or how long should I wait to feed my baby after taking?

Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) safe while breastfeeding? Or how long should I wait to feed my baby after taking?

? safe: You want to avoid it during breastfeeding as it is gets to breast milk. If you take one dose, it won't probably be harmful, it would stay in your system for about 9-18 hours, a long time to avoid breast feeding, confer with your doctor for an alternative to control your symptoms, good luck ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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