Benadryl in Children

Benadryl® (diphenhydramine hydrochloride) is an antihistamine drug that comes in many different forms and is approved for the treatment of various conditions. Some products can be found over the counter, while others are available by prescription only. The use of Benadryl in children has been adequately studied, and the medication is currently approved for use in young children.
Oral Children's Benadryl products are approved for treating allergies (such as hay fever) in children ages six years and older. Adult Benadryl oral products are approved for treating allergies or cold symptoms in children ages six years and older. Topical (skin) products are approved for use in children ages two years and older.
Benadryl is usually not recommended as a medication to make a child drowsy. Not only can this practice be dangerous, but it is often ineffective. In fact, Benadryl can have an opposite effect on children, sometimes making them hyperactive.
(Click Benadryl Uses to learn more about the use of Benadryl in children, to find out how this medication works, and for a list of common off-label uses for the drug.)
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