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Does benadryl help with coughing? My son is 22 months old and he has a runny nose, sneezing, chest congestion, and coughing.

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Asked by snsulli78 at 12:02 PM on Dec. 1, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • NO. Do not give cough medicine to any child under 6 unless your doctor tells you to.

    Answer by ballewal at 12:03 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • It is an antihistamine. It will help with the runny nose, the sneezing, but not the cough.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 12:04 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • It will if the cough is due to the nasal congestion. It relieves allergy symptoms. The good thing about benadryl is that it will usually work when nothing else will for allergies.


    Answer by m-avi at 12:06 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • The label says it does help with coughing.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 12:07 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • I agree with m-avi. it is for allergies.

    Answer by mandynjohnsmom at 12:08 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • No.

    There are no effective (or safe) over the counter cough remedies for children. Alcohol works pretty well, but you can see what's wrong with that... dextromethorphan is a halllucinogen... PPA is excellent, but pulled off the market because it causes strokes in children (and potentially adults, but no one looks very hard for the causes of strokes in adults, they're nowhere near as rare)...

    Steamy beverages, sweetened with honey, can help. If he's very snotty and his cough is very moist, adding sage to his food for a few days will probably make a difference to that end. Cinnamon is a great anti-bacterial and anti-viral and it's usually easier to get into kids than sage is ('cause sage is gross, imo) can throw a stick into a cup of tea or just hot water and lemon juice... with honey.

    In Traditional Chinese Medicine, honey is considered a general tonic (health food) for lungs and digestive system...

    Answer by LindaClement at 12:08 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • No. It is probably just a virus that will have to run its course. But if it is a recurring thing, it may be allergies and post-nasal drip. The cough is probably the most annoying part of it.

    Answer by jlbattat at 12:11 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • For the chest congestion, get some childrens' mentholatum and rub a small amount on this chest.

    Answer by meriana at 12:14 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • When my 15 month old had a cough, our pharmacist recommended honey. He said it was probably better than anything I could buy over the counter.

    Answer by hootie826 at 12:42 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • Take your child into the bathroom and turn on your shower as hot as it will go, let the steam build up and just breath it in. Do not give your 22 month old benedryl.

    Answer by NAT24ROXY24 at 1:20 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

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