Claritin versus Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for kids?

Work differently. Claritin in a non-drowsy antihistamine. It doesn't cause sleepiness, but you need to use it every day for it to work really well. It's lousy for severe allergic reactions because it takes days to be fully effective. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) causes drowsiness and only lasts for six hours, but is great for severe allergic reactions and works very quickly. If you're exposed and need help now, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is better.
Benedryl. I do not like both - you can use bromelain instead helps with allergy and heals. If you are particular benedryl atleast child can rest.

Related Questions

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.

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.

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).

I gave my children children Claritin at 6:00 am and just gave them children Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at 8:00 pm. Should I we worried?

Antihistamines. Assuming the doses of Claritin & Benadryl (diphenhydramine) were right for each child's age/weight, only possible concern might be sedation (even though Claritin is promoted as non-sedating. Each drug works on a different antihistamine receptor, so there shouldn't be any interactions, just improved symptom relief. Also, giving the med's 12+ hours apart decreases likelihood of any problems.

Is it ok to give a child loratadine in the morning and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night?

Yes. Since Loratadine does not cause drowsiness, adding a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night for an allergic reaction or hives should not be a problem.

Claritin for children and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Not recommended. Both Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are anti histamines. Claritin is long acting usually used once a day and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is shorter acting. May be used 3-4 times a day. Since they both have action, recommended not to take it same time.
Antihistamines. They are both antihistamines, so I wouldn't take them together. They both act similarly, so their effect would be too much together. Wait until one wears off before trying the other, about 24 hours or so.

I gave my one year old half of an ml of children's benadryl (diphenhydramine). I did not realize her dad gave her loratadine a few hours before. Will it hurt her?

Tiny dose. One half a cc of benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a minuscule dose even for a small one year old. This is no problem! Appropriate dosing of loratidine for this age should not cause sleepiness typically, either.
Not likely. Assuming your child is about average weight which is 10-11kg, 0.5 ml will not harm her even with the loratadine given earlier. Always be sure to communicate with other caregivers about medications, though, and keep them out of reach of toddlers.

5 1/2 yr old takes children's Claritin every am but is still plagued with allergic cough - worse at night. Ok to dose with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in the pm?

Yes. Be sure to speak with your pediatrician or allergy-immunology specialist regarding an appropriate dose for your child's weight. Often times severe allergies are treated with antihistamines alone like claritin/nondrowsy and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together. Other options are available if Benadryl (diphenhydramine) doesn't work. Sedation and dry mouth are common side effects. Consider saline spray and environmental changes.