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I have a 14 month old that weights 20 lbs and has clear runny nose/ watery eyes can i give him benadryl (diphenhydramine) ? if so how much?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Salt water better: Salt water nose drop would be better as well as a vaporizer.
Dr. Gloria Lopez
Pediatrics 44 years experience
No Benadryl (diphenhydramine).: Probably an environmental allergy or a viral cold. Can be soothed with periodic nasal irrigations with normal saline, followed by suction with a bulb syringe. Pediatricians in general, do not recommended Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for infants under 12 months of age. Some may not react well to antihistamins and get insomnia and restlessness. (much harder to manage than the runny nose itself).
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Not Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a very sedative medication with the effect on the brain lasting up to 72 hours. Saline irrigation of the nose and artificial tears (refresh, genteal) not "the drops that take the red out of your eyes" are preferred. Occasional Cetirizine (zyrtec) 2 mg=2cc or fexofenadine (allegra) 18mg (3cc) are ok. If symptoms are persistent, see an allergist for evaluation.

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