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How much benadryl do you give?

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By momto1son on Thu, 09-14-06, 14:31

In posts I hear people say how much they give and it is always diffrent so just curious what everyone is doing. My allergist said to give DS 1/4tsp of benadryl when he is having seasonal allergy problems and 1/2tsp when having hives or peanut allergy problems. he is 22mo old and 25lbs.

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By melissiabeth on Thu, 09-14-06, 15:33

My daughter's allergist told us 1tsp. She is 23 months, 24lbs. Seeing your daughter's dosage I wondering if what we were told is too much??

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By NCMom on Thu, 09-14-06, 15:35

When my son had his first peanut exposure and reaction, he was 2 yrs, 3 mos old and weighed around 28 pounds. They had me give him 1 1/2 tsps of benedryl for a reaction.

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By melissiabeth on Thu, 09-14-06, 16:09

My daughter's allergist told us 1tsp. She is 23 months, 24lbs. Seeing your son's dosage I wondering if what we were told is too much??

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By 3xy1PAinNH on Thu, 09-14-06, 16:19

When my ds was 18 months and 22 pounds he was given 5 tsp during his reaction! FIVE!

His new action plan at 3.5 years and 30 pounds is 1.5 tsp.

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By 2BusyBoys on Thu, 09-14-06, 16:44

**Not intended as medical advice**
(although I did google it) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Benadryl dosage chart...


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By melissiabeth on Thu, 09-14-06, 17:54

oops accidently posted twice..

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By Corvallis Mom on Thu, 09-14-06, 19:03

When DD weighed 23 lbs, we had an action plan that called for 1/2 tsp during a mild rxn.

Ummm.. but in a hotel room 1000 miles from home, we couldn't read the mark on the dosing syringe because the permanent marker had rubbed off the 1/ part of the 1/2 tsp....

So. DD got 2 TSP of Benadryl for her hives. I don't necessarily recommend this.... she was [b]mighty[/b] loopy. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] But she was otherwise fine and it didn't depress her respiratory rate or anything, so I don't think it was really even close to an overdose.

Benadryl is a VERY safe drug for most kids.

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By dgood on Thu, 09-14-06, 21:37

My daughter is 3 years old and 38-39 lbs. Per her allergist, in the case of a food reaction, she is to be given 2 tsp. benedryl + 2 tsp. Orapred + Epi.

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By pitterpat on Fri, 09-15-06, 12:47

My docs told us to double the dosage during a rxn. They (ped and allergist) both said it was a very safe drug and as long as they didn't drink the bottle, the only side effect would be sleepiness.

DD#1 is 4 and 35 pounds. 2t during rxn.
DD#2 is 2 and 20 pounds. 1t during rxn.

Of course, I've learned that a little too much is ok and, in my mind, better than not enough.


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By bethc on Fri, 09-15-06, 14:10

They told me to give my DD 1 tsp. when she had swelling at 1 year old. I asked at a check-up when she was older if the dose went up as she got older, and the doctor said that Benadryl dosage isn't absolute and depends on whether it was enough to have an effect. He said that 1 tsp. is the basic dose for a child, but that you can give another teaspoon if it didn't work. Now at 6, DD's dosage in case of a peanut reaction is 2 tsp.

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