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Is it safe to give my child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help sleep through the plane ride?


Diphenhydramine is not recommended for over-the-counter (OTC) use in children under the age of six. Young children are very sensitive to the effects of diphenhydramine and can be dangerous. Overdose can lead to hallucinations, convulsions, or even death. A side effect of diphenhydramine is sleepiness or grogginess, however it may also lead to an opposite effect and cause excitation in young children. Bring games or toys to keep your child entertained during the plane ride or choose later flights that are closer to your child's bedtime.

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