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Claritin versus Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for kids?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bryan Levey
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Dr. Matthew Davis
Dr. Levey is absolutely correct. Benadryl can be very helpful for children, adolescents, and adults. It is among the safest medications available and we know much more about it most other medications. Claritin is certainly not a frightful drug, but it's also not very helpful for most allergy symptoms. For seasonal allergies, use Benadryl's sedating effects to your advantage. For severe reactions, forget Claritin, and don't think you're going to have much of a day anyhow, climb into bed with a glass of water and take Benadryl. You'll be grateful to sleep.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Vasu Brown
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