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How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is considered too much?

How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is considered too much?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Either the recommended amount based on weight through the directions on the box or following your doctors recommendations if the recommended dose they made is higher. ...Read more

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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Danger of infant taking 25mg of benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Danger of infant taking 25mg of benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Depends on variables: This would be a proper dose for a 40 lb kid & a double dose at 20lb. Overdose tends to cause nervous system symptoms. Sedation, nausea & vomiting are common. Some infants may have the opposite effect & this provides over-stimulation & excitation in some. ...Read more

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Is it okay to rub a little bit of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on a babies gums while teething will it help. She's 10&1/2 months?

Is it okay to rub a little bit of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on a babies gums while teething will it help. She's 10&1/2 months?

Not helpful: Benadryl is an anti-histamine and won't really do anything to relieve teething pain, because histamine release is not involved in that process. Massage with cool wash cloth (wet one, throw it in refrigerator for 10 minutes) and then use to massage gums. If baby really in a lot of discomfort, it is totally ok to use a dose of tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen now and then. ...Read more

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Woke up with swollen itches eyes. Have 2 babies and do not want to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Is there something else I can take?

Woke up with swollen itches eyes. Have 2 babies and do not want to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Is there something else I can take?

Other antihistamines: You may try an antihistamine eye drop or take any other kind of antihistamine. They would not do harm to your babies (vs Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which may make you very drowsy and less able to take care of your kids). ...Read more

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My LO is 8 mo. 20 lbs. I gave her infant Tylenol (acetaminophen). She has a thick runny nose and watery eyes (allergies) can I also give her children's benadryl?

My LO is 8 mo. 20 lbs. I gave her infant Tylenol (acetaminophen).  She has a thick runny nose and watery eyes (allergies) can I also give her children's benadryl?

Benedryl indication: Although the manufacturer does not indicate it's use in children under 2 years of age, it is not uncommon for it to be recommended 'off label' by pediatricians. Oral cetrizine is another antihistamine for allergies which does have a documented age indication for 6 months and up. Both of these medications can be safely administered with Tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Is it safe to give a 21 lb (6 mo) baby a dose of benadryl-d for congestion/allergies/sinus trouble? If so, what is the dosage? Thanks

Is it safe to give a 21 lb (6 mo) baby a dose of benadryl-d for congestion/allergies/sinus trouble? If so, what is the dosage? Thanks

Too young?: It's usually not recommended to medicate babies this young. S/he doesnt have sinuses so, please do not try to treat for 'sinusitis'. Check with your pediatrician before giving any over-the-counter med to your baby. In the meantime, you can give very small sprays of saline into baby's nose and use bulb suction to remove mucus. ...Read more

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How many ml of children's benadryl-d for a 14 months baby?

How many ml of children's benadryl-d for a 14 months baby?

Depends on weight: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) dosing is based on weight in children. 1mg/kg/dose. So a 22# child would get 3/4tsp of the children's liquid assuming it is the 12.5mg/tsp formulation. You might want to talk to your doctor about why you are giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to your toddler. ...Read more

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Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or gravol be used to make a baby sleep?

Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or gravol be used to make a baby sleep?

Not recommended: Gravol is particularly problematic because it contains a stimulant in addition to diphenhydramine that would have unpredictable and possibly deleterious effects on infants. Generally, diphenhydramine is not recommended for infants less than 12 months of age. Better to consult your pediatrician about the sleep problem and see if an underlying cause can be identified. ...Read more

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Would Benadryl (diphenhydramine) have any effect on the baby during early pregnancy?

Would Benadryl (diphenhydramine) have any effect on the baby during early pregnancy?

Unlikely: it is pregnancy category B drug, which means: animal studies failed to show any harm to fetuses, but no controlled human studies, usually it safe to use, but don't exceed recommended dosage, and use it for the least time needed, goodluck ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more