My four year old has eczema really bad. Benadryl seems to be the only thing that helps her during the day and at bedtime when she itches so badly. Is it safe to give her Benadryl everyday? Also, what dosage should I be giving her? I usually give her 1tsp. Is this too little?
These question are great ones for your pediatrician. Benadryl is not a benign drug. It has side effects like dry mouth, drowsiness, and urinary retention. Eczema in a child should be evaluated by a doctor for secondary causes like food allergies. Benadryl may mask the symptoms well, but it would be better to find a cure.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD
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