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Is it safe to give children Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to sleep when they're 10yo?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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 itchy / sneezy / runny noses.
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) makes most kids drowsy, so it is safe for occasional use as a sleep aid, such as when cold symptoms prevent one from falling asleep. Children should not need sleep aids on a regular basis, unless prescribed by a pediatrician.

In brief: 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 itchy / sneezy / runny noses.
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) makes most kids drowsy, so it is safe for occasional use as a sleep aid, such as when cold symptoms prevent one from falling asleep. Children should not need sleep aids on a regular basis, unless prescribed by a pediatrician.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
For longer term use, Melatonin is probably safer.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sleep

No. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Diphenhydramine can stick to the brain for 3 days impairing motor and skilled performance, judgment and memory etc.

In brief: Sleep

No. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Diphenhydramine can stick to the brain for 3 days impairing motor and skilled performance, judgment and memory etc.
Dr. Ravi Chand
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