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Medicine and Dosages


Itching/Allergies

 
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Dose Table for every 6 - 8 hours
Child's Weight (pounds) 20 - 24 25 - 37 38 - 49 50 - 99 100+ lbs.
Liquid 12.5 mg/ 1 teaspoon (tsp) 3/4 1 1 1/2 2 -- tsp
Liquid 12.5 mg/ 5 milliliters (ml) 4 5 7.5 10 -- ml
Chewable 12.5 mg -- 1 1 1/2 2 4 tablets
Tablets 25 mg -- 1/2 1/2 1 2 tablets
Capsules 25 mg -- -- -- 1 2 caps
 

When to Use. Treatment of allergic reactions, nasal allergies, hives and itching.

Table Notes:

  • AGE LIMITS. For allergies, don't use under 1 year of age. (Reason: it causes most babies to be sleepy). For colds, not advised at any age. (Reason: no proven benefits). They should be not be given if under 4 years old. If under 6 years, don't give products with more than one ingredient in them. (Reason: FDA recommendations 10/2008).
  • DOSE. Find the child's weight in the top row of the dose table. Look below the correct weight for the dose based on the product you have.
  • MEASURE the DOSE. Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medicine.  If not, you can get a med syringe at drug stores. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. (Reason: regular spoons are not reliable.) Keep in mind 1 level teaspoon equals 5 ml and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 ml.  
  • ADULT DOSE. 50 mg
  • HOW OFTEN. Repeat every 6 hours as needed.
  • CHILDREN’S BENADRYL FASTMELTS. Each fastmelt tablet equals 12.5 mg. They are dosed the same as chewable tablets.

Benadryl (red) Syrup 12.5 mg/5 ml / 1 tsp   

May Give Every 6 - 8 hours     
  • 20-24 lbs. - 3/4 tsp.
  • 25-37 lbs. - 1 tsp.
  • 38-49 lbs. - 1 1/2 tsp.
  • 50-99 lbs. - 2 tsp.
  • 100+ lbs. - ------

Benadryl Chews 12.5 mg 

May Give Every 6 - 8 hours                 
  • 20-24 lbs. - ------
  • 25-37 lbs. - 1 tablet
  • 38-49 lbs. - 1 1/2 tablets
  • 50-99 lbs. - 2 tablets
  • 100+ lbs. -  4 tablets

Benadryl Tablets 25 mg 

May Give Every 6 - 8 hours                 
  • 20-24 lbs. - ------
  • 25-37 lbs. - 1/2 tablet
  • 38-49 lbs. - 1/2 tablet
  • 50-99 lbs. - 1 tablet
  • 100+ lbs. -  2 tablets

Benadryl Capsules 25 mg 

May Give Every 6 - 8 hours                 
  • 20-24 lbs. - ------
  • 25-37 lbs. - ------
  • 38-49 lbs. - ------
  • 50-99 lbs. - 1 capsule
  • 100+ lbs. -  2 capsules

* CAUTION: We recommend that you use the dropper or dosage cup that comes with your medicine to avoid overdosage. Dosage recommendations on bottles may vary from the recommendation on these pages. We would like you to use our recommended dosages unless your health care provider has given you a different dosage. Aspirin should not be given to your child.

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