Benadryl Dose

Posted on: Tue, 02/07/2006 - 7:35am
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Hi,
I'm just wondering if anyone knows the correct dosing of benadryl to use. My girls are 3 & 5. On the bottle (Children's Benadryl) it says 5mls. A friend told me that this is not enough and that they can actually have quite a bit more. Anyone know about this?
Thanks, Gilli

Posted on: Tue, 02/07/2006 - 8:34am
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The dose technically depends upon weight.
We generally give my daughter about 7mL and she is about 45 lbs...but your friend is right. It takes a lot of diphenhydramine to overdose them. The dosing window is very wide.
A family member once gave my DD almost 2 tsp (10 mL) of benadryl when she was 2 and about 30 lb. (It was during a rxn, we were all in a hotel room far from home and couldn't read the right dose, which had rubbed off the dosing syringe, OK?)
Anyway, the happy ending is that while she was REALLY goofy and then really sleepy, she didn't have any other signs of an overdose that I could see. And the hives really went away, LOL!

Posted on: Tue, 02/07/2006 - 9:26am
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Give 0.5 mg per pound every 4-6 hours. (See dosing chart) [url="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t088800.asp"]http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t088800.asp[/url]

Posted on: Tue, 02/07/2006 - 9:40am
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I'd follow the directions on the back of your Children's Benadryl bottle or you can look it up using their website. When in doubt, call your child's pediatrician.
[url="http://www.benadrylusa.com/benadryl.asp?sec=3&page=51&from=54"]http://www.benadrylusa.com/benadryl.asp?sec=3&page=51&from=54[/url]

Posted on: Tue, 02/07/2006 - 12:16pm
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I found that our ped way underdosed on the reccommendation for Benadryl, our allergist gave us a sort of Minimum/Maximum type dose reccommendation. Obviously if the reaction is really bad and required the epi-pen, we'd hit with the high dose, then just let the ER deal with it.

Posted on: Tue, 02/07/2006 - 8:34am
Corvallis Mom's picture
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Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

The dose technically depends upon weight.
We generally give my daughter about 7mL and she is about 45 lbs...but your friend is right. It takes a lot of diphenhydramine to overdose them. The dosing window is very wide.
A family member once gave my DD almost 2 tsp (10 mL) of benadryl when she was 2 and about 30 lb. (It was during a rxn, we were all in a hotel room far from home and couldn't read the right dose, which had rubbed off the dosing syringe, OK?)
Anyway, the happy ending is that while she was REALLY goofy and then really sleepy, she didn't have any other signs of an overdose that I could see. And the hives really went away, LOL!

Posted on: Tue, 02/07/2006 - 9:26am
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Give 0.5 mg per pound every 4-6 hours. (See dosing chart) [url="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t088800.asp"]http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t088800.asp[/url]

Posted on: Tue, 02/07/2006 - 9:40am
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Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

I'd follow the directions on the back of your Children's Benadryl bottle or you can look it up using their website. When in doubt, call your child's pediatrician.
[url="http://www.benadrylusa.com/benadryl.asp?sec=3&page=51&from=54"]http://www.benadrylusa.com/benadryl.asp?sec=3&page=51&from=54[/url]

Posted on: Tue, 02/07/2006 - 12:16pm
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I found that our ped way underdosed on the reccommendation for Benadryl, our allergist gave us a sort of Minimum/Maximum type dose reccommendation. Obviously if the reaction is really bad and required the epi-pen, we'd hit with the high dose, then just let the ER deal with it.

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