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Can i give 2 yr old Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to dry up runny nose?

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In brief: Not recommended

Generally, over the counter cough/cold meds are not recommended for children under 4 years old any more.
They have more side effects in young children, and may not be very effective. Use saline in the nose and a bulb syringe to clean out the mucous. Use a cool mist humidifier to keep the mucous loosened. Give lots of fluids to drink.

In brief: Not recommended

Generally, over the counter cough/cold meds are not recommended for children under 4 years old any more.
They have more side effects in young children, and may not be very effective. Use saline in the nose and a bulb syringe to clean out the mucous. Use a cool mist humidifier to keep the mucous loosened. Give lots of fluids to drink.
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