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What Amount of Childrens Benadryl Can I Give to My 21 Months Old

what amount of benadryl can i give to my 21 months old? hes been with watery and itchy eyes, runny nose, he have rash on his face. im worry cause i dont know the right amount of benadryl that i can give him. help pleaseeee...

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i call his peditician and they told me to give him 5ml of childrens benadryl. he weight 28 pounds . at first i just give him half of that to see his reaction but he was fine. today i give him the 5ml and hes ok. hes not acting sleepy or anything thanks to God. hes doing alittle better. thank u all for the good words. have a nice day!!

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All 3 of my children were recently given Zyrtec for allergies. My 21 month old is allowed 1/2 tsp a day.
If you bought the benadryl OTC it should say. Go by weight, not age. If, for some reason there isn't a serving chart, talk to a pharmacist.

The bottle says not to use under the age of 2 AT ALL and not to use under the age of 6 without a doctor's orders. Medication is based on weight for dosage amount, not age, so no one here on this board can tell you a safe amount to give, if you should even be giving any at all that young

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I am a pharmacist, and as a rule, I would never recommend any medicine for a child that young unless the doctor gave you instructions to use it. A pharmacist can tell you the appropriate dose based on weight, but if they value their license, they would tell you to call your physician first. There are too many things that can be causing the symptoms you describe, and your child should be seen before you treat him. Just my opinion as a professional.

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Do not give your son a medication dose recommended by anyone who is not a medical professional or a pharmacist. call the pharmacist and ask him or her, they are the experts. You do not know who we are or what experience we have when we answer your questions, someone on this site can tell you a dangerous amount without realizing it. We do not know your baby's weight, health history or medication tolerance. Call the pharmicist and get the correct dosing information, that is part of their job. I hope your son is feeling better soon.

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Call the nurse at your pediatrician's office and ask. It's important to have that guidance, rather than asking other moms.

All my best,
D.

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Please call your doctor's office. Don't take any advice from posters on this sight for the proper dosage amount. You should never guess on the dosage or divide a dose recommended for an older child.

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I'd either call your pediatrician or your pharmacist. Most medication dosing in children is done based upon weight. They will be able to guide you appropriately to the right dose.

I'd also want to verify with the pediatrician that this is the right action to take based upon the symptoms.

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You need to call a doctor, but it is based on weight, not age alone. Perhaps the Benadryl website can help. Please always be very careful about taking internet advice on dosing instructions. That could end very badly. You can't see what kind of mothers we are, after all. Recently I read a mother say she gives her infant adult robitussin. I was infuriated. You never know who is responding, so please be careful when dosing. I hope your son feels better soon.

I would not give Benadryl to a child this young. It messes with their brain chemistry. Instead of covering symptoms find out the cause of what is making this happen. Most likely food allergies. Check out NAET.com for a practitioner.

Benadryl is actually also a sedative so I wouldn't want to give your son to much, unless it is non drowsy. If this is something that you just went and bought I would talk with your physician about it first. My daughter had allergies very bad even as a baby, I can't remember the medication she was on but it was a limited dosage. Check with your physician, I would say maybe 1/2 tsp. or full dropper, but I am by no means a doctor. Ask your pediatrician/physician just to put your mind at ease. I don't think that the 1/2 tsp. is to much or full dropper though. I wish you well

Find out what he is allergic to- and handle that,do you feed him formula? If so that is probably it. If you handle the underlying cause of the allergy- then that will be that. See food suggestions at WestonPrice.com. Your baby's body is trying to tell you something is making him sick- and rather that cover up the symptom- see it for what it is- a message from his body that something is his diet or surroundings is making him sick, and to get it away from him. To suppress the immune system has long term consequences.
best, k

If the dosage doesn't say on the bottle you need to refer to your pediatrician. You don't know this is an allergy. Do you? Has your baby been tested for allergies? Is your doctor aware of these allergies so you can eliminate the allergen? Mamasource is a great place to get advice, suggestions, and opinions but ask your doctor for dosage information concerning medicines.

Instead give him yogurt daily. Get the plain and sweeten with stevia. The probiotics will be much better for him. You could also get pobiotic capsules and empty in to his milk thus avoiding the sugar that is in flavored yogurt.

I take the 2 yr old dose and divided in into 3 when mine was 1 1/2 I would give 1/2 of recommended for 2 yr old. but the other poster is right it is based on weight.

The bottle says not to use under the age of 2 AT ALL and not to use under the age of 6 without a doctor's orders. Medication is based on weight for dosage amount, not age, so no one here on this board can tell you a safe amount to give, if you should even be giving any at all that young

try www.naet. com and finish with all this allergies!!!

Your child is still considered an infant until age 2. Yes ask your doctor what they recommend first. Our son had the same symptoms at a younger age and was told to get benadryl for infants and follow the directions on the bottle. We gave it to him sparingly though because it did make him drowsy.

All 3 of my children were recently given Zyrtec for allergies. My 21 month old is allowed 1/2 tsp a day.
If you bought the benadryl OTC it should say. Go by weight, not age. If, for some reason there isn't a serving chart, talk to a pharmacist.

It is my understanding that you go by their weight not their age.

Hi E.,

I agree with Deborah, the pharmacist, on this one. A little one should only be given meds if absolutely necessary and definitely under supervision. At 21 months, you can give some elderberry syrup/extract to help the immune system fight off the allergic reactions. It's perfectly safe for infants and is simply food, like grape juice or apple juice...google it if you want more information. You can ask your pediatrician as well. It's in the Physician's Desk Reference.

God bless,

M.

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