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How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I give my one year old. She weighs 20 lbs?

How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I give my one year old. She weighs 20 lbs?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) dose: A safe dose for a 20# 1 year old is 6.25mg, which is a half tsp of the children's liquid. This dose can be given up to 4 times a day (every 6 hours). If needed for more than a couple of days, should consult your doc about other options - is fine short term, but should not be a long term medicine without ok of your pediatrician. Read more

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How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I give my one year old, who weights 27 lbs?

How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I give my one year old, who weights 27 lbs?

Benedryl dose: The recommended Benedryl/diphenhydramine dose for children is 5 mg/kg in divided doses, which generally works out as one tsp liquid Benedryl for every 22 pounds of body weight every 4-6 hours. Read more

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Was wondering if it was safe to mix ranitidine and benadryl (diphenhydramine) together and give to my one year old like that?

Was wondering if it was safe to mix ranitidine and benadryl (diphenhydramine) together and give to my one year old like that?

Mgt: They can be given as recommended by your pediatrician. They should be given separately rather than mixed in my opinion. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not for cold symptoms-- if your child is having an allergic reaction, please see your PCP right away. Read more

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I gave my one year old half of an ml of children's benadryl (diphenhydramine). I did not realize her dad gave her loratadine a few hours before. Will it hurt her?

I gave my one year old half of an ml of children's benadryl (diphenhydramine). I did not realize her dad gave her loratadine a few hours before. Will it hurt her?

Not likely.: Assuming your child is about average weight which is 10-11kg, 0.5 ml will not harm her even with the loratadine given earlier. Always be sure to communicate with other caregivers about medications, though, and keep them out of reach of toddlers. Read more

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Is 4 cc of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) safe for a 1 year old?

Big/average/little?: The average 1 yo is about 10 kg in weight and the suggested dose is 1mg/kg. If your kid weighs 22 lb/10 kg/ the 4cc would be ok (12.5mg/5ml liquid). If you don't know how much the weight is or what concentration the med is, check both before using. Read more

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How much tylenol (acetaminophen) & Benadryl can I give my 1 yr old at the same time?

How much tylenol (acetaminophen) & Benadryl can I give my 1 yr old at the same time?

Medicine for kids: It depends on the weight of the child. Many 1 year olds weigh approximately 20-22 pounds. If that is how much your child weighs, 1 teaspoon (or 5 ml) is the appropriate dosage for tylenol (acetaminophen) or benadryl. Before giving both together you should speak to your pediatrician first. Read more

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1yr old ate a few pieces of flounder (fish) she broke out in hives on trunk. Is it safe to give her benadryl (diphenhydramine)? No other symptoms

1yr old ate a few pieces of flounder (fish) she broke out in hives on trunk. Is it safe to give her benadryl (diphenhydramine)? No other symptoms

Yes: But must avoid fish thereafter. Do not reintroduce any fish into the diet unless an allergist advise you to do so. The next reaction will likely be more severe. Read more

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Is it ok to give my one year old benedryl for his allergies?

Is it ok to give my one year old benedryl for his allergies?

Ask pediatrician: There are published dosing schedules for giving Diphenhydramine (benadryl) liquid to babies based on the baby's weight but at 1 year old I would check with my pediatrician before using it. Read more

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My one year old has a terrible runny nose so bad yesterday she had a bloody nose. She took Zyrtec (cetirizine) at 8:30 this morning can I give her benydryl now?

My one year old has a terrible runny nose so bad yesterday she had a bloody nose. She took Zyrtec (cetirizine) at 8:30 this morning can I give her benydryl now?

You can: But remember that antihistamines dry the nasal tissues and can make them more prone to bleeding. A nasal saline or steroid spray would be a better option. Read more

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My one year old has watery eyes and runny nose, should I give him antihistamines?

My one year old has watery eyes and runny nose, should I give him antihistamines?

Seldom needed: Although used for decades these meds have not been shown to shorten an illness & may increase the thickness of secretions making it harder to cough them out. Many kids felt a little more would help them & self medicated & ended up in emergency rooms. The aap & other groups discourage their use under 6. I have mixed feelings. Saline nasal wash is preferable for younger kids. Read more

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My 1 yr old daughter has a runny nose. I tried a little Benadryl (diphenhydramine) d 3hrs ago, but doesn't seem to be helping much. What should I do next?

My 1 yr old daughter has a runny nose. I tried a little Benadryl (diphenhydramine) d 3hrs ago, but doesn't seem to be helping much. What should I do next?

Runny nose: Your daughter most probably has a cold. She does not need any intervention if she is breathing fine, taking feedings well and feels comfortable. There's no need to give her Benadryl (diphenhydramine) either. The cold will run its course. Read more

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1 yr old can he have amoxicillian tylenol (acetaminophen) and benadryl for ear infection fever and sinuses?

1 yr old can he have amoxicillian tylenol (acetaminophen) and benadryl for ear infection fever and sinuses?

Yes: I don't think the benadryl would provide any benefit but all three can be used in this condition. Antihistamines like benadryl can thicken the middle ear mucus and slow how fast the fluid disappears from that space. Not much difference in the long run if the kid needs it for another problem like allergies. Read more

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My 1yo has bumps around her joints at times like bug bites, on covered/un areas. They don't bother her & go away w/benadryl. What is this?

Difficult to say...: Rashes are undeniably one of the most difficult diagnoses without some visual input. Bumps near joints that go away with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) does not sound serious, bur certainly seems bothersome. Best idea is to take your 1 y/o to the pediatrician, or at least snap a photo on your phone to ask your pediatrician on the next office visit. Is there a dog or kitten in the house? Read more

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How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I give my 31lb 2 year old?

How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I give my 31lb 2 year old?

Not recommended: Ask you pediatrician but I do not recommend a sedating med such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for a 2 year old. Read more

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Is it possible for me to give my 3 year old Benadryl (diphenhydramine) d?

Not recommended: I would say no as the cdc does not recommend any decongestants until after 4 years old. Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

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