Benadryl for infants???

April - posted on 02/07/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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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?

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Rebecca - posted on 02/08/2010

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Im not sure who you would go to, to report this but I think that you should definitely try to find out. It scares the crap out of me that this woman did this to her own child. Someone needs to stand up for these innocent babys that are being sedated for the sake of some sleep! And the fact that someone in the health field recomended this and did it to her own baby makes it even worse, these are people that parents are supposed to trust and get advice from. I really hope that she has not told this to other moms, its scary to think that there could be people out there that she told this to that are doing it right now!

Rebecca - posted on 02/07/2010

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Oh my gosh April! I just gasped when I read this!!! I think you definately should report this nurse to somebody! I am just dumbfounded that she would tell you to give your baby Benadryl every night for a week to "make" him sleep through the night. The fact that she is a health care worker and moms are supposed to trust her and her advice and she told you this just disgusts me! I would just recomend the saline nose sprays and nasal aspiration, a humidifier at night and naps, (you can even spray some breastmilk up the nose), a warm bath or sitting in the bathroom with a hot shower running, and elevating the mattress. I would recomend no cold medications or antihistimines for babys under 1 yr. Infants respond strongly to antihistimine medication and can become lethargic or very fussy. They are also very drying to the mucous membranes and can cause irritation. Here is a site from Dr Sears that explains a bit more. http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t088800...

Nicole - posted on 02/07/2010

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garlic is awesome for colds and a billion other things. I myself use garlic oil for ear infections since I am really tolerant to antibiotics from having too many in the past. I am appalled that the nurse suggested you drug your baby for sleep training!

Doug - posted on 02/05/2014

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under the advice of our nurse .4ml to .5ml for for our 8 lbs 3 week old and i had to give him CPR till ambulance got here. 3 days in ICU. we will never trust what any nurse says and record the conversation if you do. our nurse tried to lie to dr unsuccessfully. This is my 7th child i never used Benadryl till this timeand never will.! warm baths an vics vapor rub on bottom of feet then put socks on them lots of tissues

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Ginny - posted on 02/08/2010

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My two younger kids get colds pretty frequently thanks to their older brother being in elementary school (a breeding ground for cold viruses). Our pediatricians are adamant about not giving babies any medication for colds. Just use saline spray and an aspirator on his nose as frequently as you think he needs it, especially right before feeding him, and use a cool mist humidifier while he's sleeping, which helps moisten the nasal passages and helps him to breathe easier. Anyway, I'm pretty sure that Benadryl is for allergies, not colds. I gave some to my toddler last summer when he had an allergic reaction to his sunscreen, but I certainly wouldn't give it to him on a daily basis for any length of time. I recommended finding another doctor's office, because they are giving you lousy and potentially dangerous advice. As far as sleeping through the night, I know it's a point of contention for lots of parents, but I had two boys who were still waking up twice a night at 10 months, and after trying many different methods I resorted to the Ferber Method--my oldest started sleeping through the night after the 3rd night of Ferberizing, my middle one after the 4th night. Both are still fantastic sleepers. That being said, a firm bedtime routine is a major aspect of getting any child to settle down for a good night's sleep. In our house it's teeth brushed, book, song, small drink of water, bed.

Minnie - posted on 02/08/2010

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You know, no offense if anyone reading this is a nurse (and my own mother is one!), but time and time again my perception of the intelligence that this profession displays just falls lower and lower.

One of the things I hate the most is when people in authoritative positions, like doctors and nurses, give advice to vulnerable parents that is not based on sound current research. I HATE that.

April - posted on 02/08/2010

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the scary/sad thing is this nurse told me that she did this for her own baby a couple months ago to "help him sleep through the night".



when i asked for tips, i was really just curious to see what a medical professional would say. i never expected anyone to recommend sedating my child.



I wonder who I report this to? The doctor himself or someone above him?

Emily - posted on 02/07/2010

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Totally inappropriate. I might actually report the nurse to your doctor.. I wonder if he/she approves of drugging a baby to make them sleep? That is ridiculous. And potentially dangerous. You are right to question it.

Minnie - posted on 02/07/2010

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About a year ago every cold medication made for children under two was taken off the market. I've heard that the FDA is pushing for four even. Our bodies just aren't made to have these chemicals inside them, and little ones deal with them even worse. They're dangerous for toddlers.



Saline nasal spray three times a day helps flush out the virus and shorten the duration of the cold. Cold medications, along with being very dangerous for babies and toddlers, suppress the natural immune response.



It's horrible that people suggest drugging an infant to get him to sleep through the night. This only will happen when he's developmentally ready to. How many adults are dependent on medications for sleep, for happiness? Our culture creates unnatural expectations.



April, you know that my nearly 16 month old is nursed back to sleep several times a night. There are mothers here with two year olds who nurse at night. We've all been there, I'm sure, with doubtful thoughts after hearing from supposed 'experts' on what our children should be doing, but I'm sure you know that your son will stop needing to nurse at night when he's ready. It's tiring, I totally understand, and difficult when we choose to mother our little one's at our breasts, which is the opposite of what most of our culture does, but understand you are not alone.



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