April - posted on 02/07/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )
My son has a terrible cold. His doctor's office suggested that I give him benadryl. After visiting 3 stores, I learned that there is no such thing is benadryl for infants. There is a brand for children, but the box clearly says do not use in children under 2 years old.
I was told to give him a teaspoon. The nurse who recommended this told me that it would also help him sleep through the night. She told me to wait until he is all better and then at the same time every night for one week, give him benadryl. She said that would put him in a "normal sleep pattern" and he would finally start sleeping through the night (he is almost 14months and never has).
I don't think I should take her advice. I went on the internet and the FDA said they are revising their guidelines to say "do not give to children under THREE". They said use of benadryl can cause death in infants.
Now that I read this FDA stuff...I don't even want to give it to my son for his cold. Has anyone used it before on their infants? Does anyone know of something safer I can give to my son for his cold?
and what about sleeping through the night? does anyone have any tricks that don't involve medicine?