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Which allergy medication works best for a 5 yr old?

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Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or claritin

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works well but can be sedating, or paradoxically might cause hyperactivity.
Claritin is a nice alternative, working for 24 hours and usually not sedating.

In brief: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or claritin

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works well but can be sedating, or paradoxically might cause hyperactivity.
Claritin is a nice alternative, working for 24 hours and usually not sedating.
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Varies some

Claritin (loratadine), (loratadine) allegra, or zyrtec are once daily meds and each work well on some kids and not others.
The Claritin (loratadine) and Allegra are not sedating and thus do not interfere with school or daily activities.The zyrtec can be sedating and is given at bedtime to reduce this effect during the day. Short acting meds like benedryl are quickly absorbed and very effective but can sedate and do ware off quickly.

In brief: Varies some

Claritin (loratadine), (loratadine) allegra, or zyrtec are once daily meds and each work well on some kids and not others.
The Claritin (loratadine) and Allegra are not sedating and thus do not interfere with school or daily activities.The zyrtec can be sedating and is given at bedtime to reduce this effect during the day. Short acting meds like benedryl are quickly absorbed and very effective but can sedate and do ware off quickly.
Dr. James Ferguson
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