April 25, 2007,
L.V. asks from Tonasket, WA on April 21, 2007
Hylands Calms Forte 4 Kids
Does anyone know if it is alright to give Calms Forte 4 Kids to a 9-month-old? On the bottle it says it's for 2-year-olds but has anyone had experience with adjusting the dose for a younger child?
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I am interested if anyone has had experience with the dosage for a younger child because medicines such as Dimetapp and Benedryl begin their dosing charts (on the bottle) at 2 or 6 years and older and say to "ask a doctor" if younger than that. There are charts available developed by pediatricians for the dosages of these medicines for children down to 6 months of age. This is the most comprehensive such chart that I have found: http://www.rivertownpediatrics.com/dosing.asp Since such medicines can be used for children younger than what it says on the bottle I am assuming that there is a dosage appropriate for a younger child for Calms Forte 4 Kids, especially since it's natural.
I am looking for something to help my son sleep as much of a 6-hour car ride as possible. 8-/ My youngster does NOT do well in a carseat for anywhere near that amount of time.
Thanks for all your help so far. I have been unable to find it in our area anyway and our car trip is coming up this weekend. I did find a natural tincture called "Valerian Super Calm" by Herbs for Kids. It's dosage label goes down to 12 months (24 pounds). I think I'll cut that in half for my 22 pound 9-month-old to play it safe. I had tried chamomile tea for the last time we had to make that trip but it didn't seem to help him at all. Still cried a good portion of the way. Hopefully this time will be more enjoyable for him (and us :).
V.D. answers from Seattle on April 21, 2007
i'm not even sure what that medication is, but for my 10 month old my doctor told me if i need to give her childrens medicine instead of infants, to just cut her regular infant dose in half. So for tylenol, because of her weight, she gets 2 tsps infant, and only 1 tsp childrens. you could always ask a pharmacist or your son's doctor.
T.C. answers from Seattle on April 23, 2007
I would definatly talk to your doctor, or go to the pharmacist at the drug store & find out exactly what is in it.
I asked my dr. about this the other day because my son has night terrors (my son is 2 1/2 though) and she checked the online system they use for prescriptions and it wasn't in there, then she checked her over the counter book & it wasn't listed there either. Without seeing the ingrediants she said it may be like a benedryl thing to just knock them out or it could have the same ingrediant as milk does, like if you gave them a glass of warm milk there is something in that that will indunce deeper sleep.
I definatly would not give it to a 9month old though, especially w/o talking to your pediatrician.
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T.C. answers from Eugene on April 25, 2007
I would call your pediatrician, or the pharmacy at your local Hospital. They should be able to give you a correct dosing, or let you know if it is okay for a child that young. I do not know what Calms Forte 4 kids is...but I would always check with the doctor, or pharmacist first.
S.J. answers from Spokane on April 21, 2007
I would ask a pharmasist they would know.
T.W. answers from Medford on April 22, 2007
If it says for 2 and older than it is a safe bet that you shouldn't give it to a 9 month old talk to your pediatrician about and alternative sleep solution.
J.M. answers from Portland on April 23, 2007
For those of you who have no clue this is a natural product and I only know its at Fred Meyers in their natural medicine area. I use it for my toddlers night terrors and if he gets really wired from being overtired. You need to take the bottle with you because most doctors wont know what your talking about. I know its safe to take the adult calms while nursing but its always better to ask. You could probubly just call though to save an office visit. Personally I think it would be fine, but it depends on WHY? If baby isnt sleeping or crying alot it might be something you need to address. They do make a colic tab (Hylands) which has calming ingredients and is safe for babies and the baby gas drops (not hyland) with silic-something in the regular medicine area. My babies both had gas and it didnt usually make them cry but fussy and not sleeping soundly. Also, babies who are learning to get around (like my own 10m old) HATE to hold still or be confined and its normal for them to fight naps and sleep as they are having too much fun moving. Good Luck, Jen
C.G. answers from Seattle on April 22, 2007
I would talk to your doctor first.