Benadryl - Foley,MN

Updated on August 20, 2010
R.M. asks from Albany, MN
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I have a 2 1/2 year old boy with watery/puffy eyes and want to give benedryl. If any moms know how much of a dose i should give I could use that information. it is benadryl allergy, other option was sinus but chose just the basic benedryl. Thanks for your help.

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answers from Davenport on

Unfortunately, Children's benadryl doens't give dosages under 4 years old on the box, but I found weight based charts online when my daughter had a sever reaction with large hives allover her body and face, and I needed to give ehr somehting at 2 years old.

I read on Dr. Sears' Site that Benadryl is dosed the same as Tylenol, here is the link:

Here is another dosage chart on;

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answers from Duluth on

It's the weight, not the age that doctors go by.
Also, for longer lasting relief try something like children's claritin or zyrtec. I KNOW that those are safe for young kids - my 1 year-old has been on claritin for 3 months now.

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answers from Toledo on

You should go by his weight. There is a chart on the bottle of Children's Benedryl (obviously, don't give him regular Benedryl). My daughter is 26 months and weighs about 25 lbs and her regular dose is 1/2 tsp unless she is having a severe reaction (she has food allergies).

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answers from Rochester on

I usually give my toddler about a 1/2 teaspoon (he is about 26 pounds) and my 3 1/2 year old about a teaspoon (he is 42 pounds). I use children's liquid benadryl which does not give doses for children under 4 years old, but it is what our pediatrician recommended for bites, stings, and allergic-like reactions.

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answers from Atlanta on

If you get children's benadryl, it should have the dosage on the box.

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answers from Des Moines on

i had a similar problem with my daughter too. the pharmacist said for a 2 year old at about 20-30 pounds, they only need a teaspoon at most (5ml).



answers from Boston on

It goes by weight so I would check w/ your ped if you think its allergies you can also find out the dose for children's claritin or zyrtec which I think is better if you are going to be using it for a while.



answers from Spartanburg on

to the one that said children were dying, that is NOT the reason it was taking off the market......its still on the market...the age was raised BECAUSE people were overdosing there children to get them to sleep at night. So dont tell people there killing there child by giving them this stuff read into the facts. False statement saying children were dying just by taking this medicine...its stupid parents that shouldnt have kids, overdosing them to get them to sleep. MEDICINE SHOULD NEVER BE USED TO PUT CHILD TO SLEEP.



answers from La Crosse on

There is a children's version of Benedryl - with the proper dosage. I would go that route to be safe vs. giving an adult prescription version.



answers from Los Angeles on

It completely depends on their weight. You should really check with a doctor to be sure.
That said, ever since my son turned two, we have been giving him 1 tsp each time he needed benadryl. He is now 38 lbs and was probably only about 30 lbs when we started that dose.
We use both the children's liquid and the chewable (easily dissolved) tablets. I hope he gets better soon!



answers from Omaha on

I don't believe that benadryl should be given at this age, check the package!!! This is a depressant and could be very harmful to your child. Call your dr for advise on what you can give him!!!!!



answers from Atlanta on

Hi L.,

Benadryl is a wonder drug in an emergency situation (bee stings and such) but is really not good for a child on a regular basis. It messes with the brain and can cause some moody behavior at best. If your little one has "allergy" type symptoms the best over the counter I've found is elderberry extract or syrup. It tastes good and builds the immune system so the body fights off the irritants. I told my kids it was what Mary Poppins gave Jane and Michael, lol.

Detoxing the house and good nutrition can absolutely rid a child of irritations to natural things pretty much forever. Our bodies should only have to fight off the synthetic ones. If you're interested or this intrigues you, I'd be glad to walk you through what I did.

God bless,




answers from Tulsa on

The reason these types of medicines were taken off the market for children under 6 is because children were dying. Please ask a professional this question. I would NEVER trust someone that I don't know and trust with a medication question. You don't know these people and they could be wrong.

Your child's Pediatrician could give you better advice too, they often don't use Benadryl but Claritin instead. Benadryl is not for every day use but more for an intense allergic reaction. Please be aware these drugs have a VERY DRYING effect and can cause your child to act out because they are in pain because they are too dried out.

If you decide to go ahead then only use 1/2 the dose. It is much easier to give a little more than to take it away because your child passes out and/or is lethargic hours and hours after taking it.

I keep Children's Benadryl in my purse because all I prefer it to pills and have a multitude of allergies. I take 1 teaspoon instead of the 2-4 teaspoons it recommends. The quarter doses work fine even when I am swelling or having throat issues. My bottle says to not give it to children under 4 years of age, ever, and to only give it to children between 4 and 6 on the advice of a Physician.



answers from Santa Barbara on

My son lived on Benadryl for about 6 months while we were waiting for an ENT appointment and for surgery. I used the children's liquid and the children's tabs. Both had recommendations based on weight.



answers from Rapid City on

JMO, why don't you give your pediatrian a call on this? It's a good idea to communicate with your dr what you are giving your child, and if that's the best choice. you often don't need to make an appt., just a phone call to the nurse and she can tell you the dosing appropriate for your child's weight/height/age, and recommend if something else might be better to try.



answers from Omaha on

If you go to the Dr. Sears Website it will give you the dosage info based on weight. Our family suffers greatly from Hayfever. We have used benedryl for years. I know that there is some info out there saying you shouldn't give younger children benedryl, but the cause for concern is when you give it to often and over dosing. You can also give claritin and Zyrtec at this age. Those are good because they last longer than benedryl. Also, if you ask your ped doc you can give allegra 30mg at this age.

we have 5 children who all have allergies and eczema. Been through all of this!



answers from Wausau on

Call your son's pediatrician before giving him any drugs. Allergies may not even be the problem. Have a doctor diagnose him, not yourself.

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