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Friday, July 23, 2010 azulina, Community Member, asks

Q: Is It Safe To Take Benadryl Everyday

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?

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7/23/10 10:24am

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.

 

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By azulina, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/08/14, First Published: 07/23/10