Need Children's Benadryl Dosage

Updated on May 03, 2010
M.F. asks from Houston, TX
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Moms, I need your help! I have put a call into the pediatrician, but of course, haven't received a callback yet. I have a 1 yr old who weighs 20 lbs. I need to give him some benadryl because he has a runny nose and isn't going to be able to take his naps and/or eat! Does anyone know how much liquid benadryl I need to be giving him?!?!

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Thank you SO much for all of your advice! Turns out for his weight and age, I can give him 3/4 tsp. I was conservative and gave him 1/2 tsp and it still seemed to help! Hopefully he'll be feeling better in the next couple of days. Thank you for all of yoru feedback because it helped a lot!

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S.Y.

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you have probably already got an answer to this..but just in case you haven't...
my daughter is 11 months old and a little over 20lbs. I give her between 1.25 and 1.875ML of children's benedryl. that darn runny nose, poor baby can't eat or sleep. she has it now too. good luck!

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E.C.

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Why don't you try Tylenol cold? My baby gets too active after Benadryl, so I give her Tylenol cold and it works like magic.
E.

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K.K.

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I gave my 1 year old 1/4 tsp as well....I now give her 1/2 tsp at two.....the dr. sears dosage seems high, but what do I know. He has other over the counter dosages on there that I have used, so maybe I don't give enough.

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M.W.

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1/4 teaspoon, good luck

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D.O.

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If I had a 1 year old weighing 20 lbs, I would give him a 1/2 teaspoon before a nap or at night. My recommendation is to call the doctor and ask to speak to a nurse to get the correct dosage.

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J.G.

answers from San Antonio on

On my kids that young i usually just gave them a 1/4 teaspoon because for a 6 yr old and up u give them 1-2 teaspoons, but both my boys are prett big for their age. Have you tried to ask the nurse instead of the pedi, usually they can help with dosing. Hope this helps.

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L.F.

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At that age and weight, I would say 1 - 1/12 ccs (mls).

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S.W.

answers from Dallas on

I gave my son 1/4 teaspoon when he was a year and 23 lbs.
To be honest, if he just has a runny nose and is congested, try giving him PediaCare decongestant. My son has a lot of allergies and is on zyrtec, we give him the decongestant only when he has runny nose due to the cold or teething.
Def talk toyour dr, and ask about the Pedia Care.

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C.B.

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I'm not sure, but did you read the dosage on the bottle? I always call Walgreens for any medical advice, and they are really good about answering any questions. Hope he gets better soon!

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J.M.

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Call your pharmacist with any dosage questions. I have found them to be more accessable than any doctor and they have all the knowledge you need for medication.

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J.S.

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My babies doctor said to give him 2.5ml which is 1/2 tsp. Call the pharmacist if you need to give your baby medicine before you hear back from your doctor.

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A.L.

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my dr. had me give my 10 month old a 1/3-1/2 tsp so I would think 1/2 tsp sounds right. I give my 25lb two year old 3/4 tsp now.

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E.C.

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Why don't you try Tylenol cold? My baby gets too active after Benadryl, so I give her Tylenol cold and it works like magic.
E.

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K.P.

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Hi Cecilia:

I have an almost two year-old who weighs around 21/22 pounds. The Benadryl dose for him is 3/4 teaspoon every 4-6 hours.

Regards,
K.

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S.T.

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Search on www.askdrsears.com

There is a chart there.

17 - 21 pounds = 3/4 tsp liquid (3.75 mL)

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S.Y.

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you have probably already got an answer to this..but just in case you haven't...
my daughter is 11 months old and a little over 20lbs. I give her between 1.25 and 1.875ML of children's benedryl. that darn runny nose, poor baby can't eat or sleep. she has it now too. good luck!

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L.S.

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Maybe you should call the hospital. They will tell you how much, according to his weight.

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C.Q.

answers from Dallas on

I hope the doc got back to you already. I give my 18 pound 11 month old son one dropper full of childrens benadril. Now the dropper I use is from my Infant Tylenol or from my Little colds Multi sympton Formula. It measures at 1.0 ML. Just try it and if its is not enough just wait the recommended amount of time before trying again. Then try one dropper full and .25 ML. Just keep trying till you get the right dosage that works for him. Luckily for me the one dropperful was enough. I really think it should be enough for you too since our babies are about the same size. Sorry your lil guys not feeling well. Hopefully you can get him going on the first try. Take Care. Let me know how it works.
Sincerely,
C.

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S.H.

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Hi Cecilia,
I give my son who is 4 and weighs 40 pounds, 1 tsp of liquid Benadryl. He has allergies and itchy skin and I give this to him at night so he won't scratch his skin up. So for your one year old I would start out with 1/4 of tsp but certainly wouldn't give more than 1/2 tsp. Good luck. Shell

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A.H.

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I would suck the mucus out of his nose and wait for the doctor to call. With all of the medicine scares that have been going on I wouldn't risk the chance of the wrong dosage or medication for that matter.

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P.T.

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Moms and Dads, please do not give your babies OTC drugs....yes, even though not a perscription childrens's Benadryl is a drug. On the container says not meant for children under 4. Anyway the question is moot because all of the children's benadryl has been recalled. Vaporizer, a tad of vapor rub, have to go back to the old standards. Baby may have a difficult time sleeping but better than medicating at this age. Love to all the beautiful babies.

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L.B.

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I would wait for the pediatrician to call back.

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M.R.

answers from Austin on

This link may help, but it does say child's weight MORE than and the first is 20 lbs which would seem that your child may be too small to take Benadryl.

You have to be very careful with all these drugs because they manufacture many different potencies -- infants, toddlers, children, adults, etc. Also, you need to keep the plastic measuring cups with the original drug they came with -- otherwise you could overdose.

I know this because my sister is a doc and there are many dangers in this area.

http://www.stlouischildrens.org/tabid/88/itemid/2166/Bena...

I am a natural health nut, so I would start with a humidifer, try oregano oil by North American Herb & Spice, try a homeopathic remedy, etc. In my opinion, these are a lot safer especially when you don't have correct dosages for drugs.

Good luck.

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