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I'm wondering if I'm being neglectful by not having children's Benadryl in our medicine cabinet. My son doesn't have any allergies that we know of...yet, but I keep hearing about how it can save lives in the case of severe allergic reactions. Do you keep it on hand just in case, and do you think someone like me should, or is it unnecessary? Thanks for your input<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I was very glad to have a bottle on hand when ds had his first peanut reaction. I only had it because dd had once reacted after playing for an afternoon in hay stacks.<br><br>
It certainly saved us a rush to hospital, and although I'd never thought of having it on hand, it's something I'd always have in the cabinet after that experience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I do keep it on hand for my kids. Unfortunatly dd has multiple allergies and it wouldnt surprise me if ds starts showing signs of them as we.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Yep we have one just in case. I have severe reaction to anything with a stinger bigger than a mosquito so I figure it is a good idea just to have it in case. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was very glad to have a bottle on hand when ds had his first peanut reaction. I only had it because dd had once reacted after playing for an afternoon in hay stacks.<br><br>
It certainly saved us a rush to hospital, and although I'd never thought of having it on hand, it's something I'd always have in the cabinet after that experience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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I did not have Benadryl when ds had his first allergic reaction (almost 2 years old) to peanuts, and I was completely freaked. I ran out to buy some while dh stayed at home to monitor ds. We were lucky, IMO.<br><br>
I bought some of the melt strips yesterday to replace the liquid and chewables. My thinking is that if either dc had a reaction that affected their ability to swallow or breathe, I could place a strip in their mouth which would be easier than swallowing liquid or chewing up a pill. I can also throw a few strips in my purse, which is easier than carrying a bottle of liquid around. Just something to consider if you're going to buy something.
 

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I was really lucky we had some benadryl on hand when ds had his first reaction to peanuts as well(dd had reacted to cough medicine or we might not have had it). I am really, really glad we had it.<br><br>
I think it is a good idea to have some on hand just in case.<br><br>
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Yes, I keep it on hand. Luckily ds has no allergies but he has severe reactions to mosquito bites right at the site of the bite. Is that an allergy? It swells huge and it hurts and itches. I give him benedryl if he has bites that seem to really be having a bad reaction.
 

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Yes. I need to have it handy at all times for myself, so it there is always some in the house. I also have neosporin, hydrocortisone, and pain reliever. To me, these four items are the basics of any medicine cabinet.
 

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Thanks everyone! I'm going to buy some of the strips that were mentioned. My intuition is telling me that I should have some on hand. Thanks for all of your responses.
 

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Yes, absolutely. But I see that you have already decided to get some. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I do keep it on hand for my kids. Unfortunatly dd has multiple allergies and it wouldnt surprise me if ds starts showing signs of them as we.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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Maybe yes, maybe no. My DS is anaphylactic to peanuts, and tree nuts, with severe allergies to raw eggs (but not cooked) and cats. I'm getting ready to send dd to her first year of preschool so I took them both to allergy testing last week (her first, his third). They tested for A LOT of things with her, because there have been quite a few things excluded from her diet by default due to his allergies (they aren't allowed in the house). We found out that she isn't allergic to anything.
 

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our second reaction (first i didn't know what it was) i had to run down the street to walgreens with dd (dh was at work.) scariest drive of my life!<br><br>
knowing what i know now, i'd have it on hand even if i didn't think my kid had allergies (dh takes some children's benadryl for bug bites, works well)
 

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I don't always have it on hand.<br><br>
the first time I had it was when my oldest had the chicken pox. I bought it for the itching & then never ended up giving it to her. That bottle got tossed as it expired.<br><br>
I have some now becuase my youngest has had reactons to the sun. It's been 2 years since she had the worst reactions but I try to avoid her being in the sun more because of it & when it is hotter(she had the worst when we were in a bad heatwave).<br><br>
I have some spray now too because I had a sandfly bite that got really swollen, itchy, red & hot. It didn't help much & is sticky.<br><br>
If I ever ran out, my hypocondriac neighbor has a medicine cabinet full of everything you could imagine.lol
 

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I've kept it on hand ever since a friend of mine was over visiting with her severely food-allergic DS. I realized that children's benadryl would be essential to have on hand in case ANY child had a sudden allergic reaction in my home, whether my own child or a visitor.<br><br>
I've always kept "adult" benadryl in the house since I used to use it for insomnia. Now I have it in both pill and liquid form. Besides being emergency first aid for severe allergic reactions, it can also be helpful for minor reactions as well- a rash, hay fever, a huge quantity of bug bites, etc.
 

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It is actually the only medicine in my home that is not homeopathic or herbal!My own kids have no allergies but I do occassionally sit for a boy with peanut allergies so I have it on hand for him.
 

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That's pretty much how I am, except I keep Tylenol on had for the occasional headache. I had never thought about the fact that I should have it for people who visit as well. You just never know what might happen. The ten bucks or so that it costs to have some on hand, even if you never use it before it expires is certainly worth it if it could help someone having a serious reaction.
 

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Just as a side note: if you are dealing with "serious allergies" to any food, or ANY type of allergies to peanuts, treenuts, or shellfish, or ANY systemic reaction to insect stings (diff breathing, non-localized swelling, etc etc), you should have not just Benadryl but an epi-pen or epi-pen jr on hand at all times.<br><br>
IIRC, about 80% of the annual fatalities due to allergies in this country are from peanuts/treenuts, and 90% of those are when epi was not on hand or not given promptly.<br><br>
Some experts feel any child with a food allergy should have epis available as past reactions don't predict future reactions.<br><br>
I get a bit soap-box-y about it as we had no warning when my son had his first ana reaction; all his previous reactions had been fairly mild. We were lucky we had epi on hand--we had the script mainly because I was nervous as he had tested allergic to peanut and our ped suggested it.<br><br>
This is NOT to discourage anyone from Benadryl on hand; I only want to suggest that in serious allergic reactions Benadryl may not be sufficient medication.
 
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