Using Liquid Benedryl for Baby with Egzema

Updated on May 27, 2008
J.D. asks from Keller, TX
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Hey Ladies,

I was just wondering if any of you know if there can be any harmful long term effects of using benedryl on your baby for a long period of time. My five month old has egzma and it keeps him up at night so I have been giving him .08 of a tylenal dropper at night before he goes to bed. It really does help. I treid to go without it last night and he litterly was up every three hours. I really dont want to give it to him so often but so far its really the only that has helped him to sleep. I have used hydrocortizone a few times but I dont like to use steriod cream which is why I have avoided getting any perscription from the doctor. Our dermatolgist said NEVER use the over the counter benedryl cream b/c that just irritats them more.. so Have any of ya'll ever delt with this? Thanks so much!

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answers from Dallas on

Like previous post said, look into food allergy. Excema is an allergic reaction to something- food (usually the most common), environmental, pets, dust, soaps, etc. My son breaks out when he eats diary. You may ask your pedi if he should be on Zyrtec. My son has been on it for almost a year, i have noticed it keeps the excema down some.
Good luck,



answers from Houston on

I wouldn't use that. Talk to your ped about getting Elidel to help with the skin.



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answers from Dallas on

Me and my kids (from baby-hood to teens) have been on Benadryl off and on for long period of times. We've had no effect other than getting used to it. It rarely makes me sleepy... even if it's a 3 benadryl tablet hives break out. But it still works.



answers from Dallas on

Not sure of any long term effects, but I used Benadryl for my baby's eczema. His was due to food allergies. Once the pedi determined (via a blood test) what he was allergic too, no more eczema. Is it possible your baby has allergies? Mine was strictly breastfed at the time of diagnosis. After cutting out eggs, wheat, dairy and nuts out of my diet, no more rash!

Sorry I can't answer your specific question, but I know we went weeks giving it to our baby nightly for the same reason. Now he just gets it if I give him a new food and he reacts to it.



answers from Dallas on

All 3 of my boys had terrible eczema and asthma. Not only were they on steroid creams we gave them benadryl every night so they could sleep. It helped them sleep but, like you, I didn't like the idea of them being on benadryl long-term.

This is what I learned from my experience. It is vitally important that you find out what is triggering your baby's eczema. It could be a food, pollen, pets, preservatives, or other chemicals. Some of the ingredients in every day things like laundry detergent, body wash, and even cleaning products were extremely irritating to my boys' skin & respiratory systems. When we stopped using things with bleach, ammonia, or formaldehyde, my boys' skin cleared up so much!!!!!!! They don't need Benadryl to help them sleep anymore because they don't itch! I'd be happy to give you all of the info about the things that we do use. :)


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