Is my son too young for Benadryl?

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My 18-month-old son’s pediatrician would like me to give him 1 tsp. (12 mg or so) of Children’s Benadryl every night before bed to help with allergies and a very itchy heat rash. Only problem is, the Benadryl package says very clearly “Not for use in children under 4 years old. For children age 4-6, consult a physician” or something similar. Don’t know what to do here, any advice appreciated.

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Shana - posted on 07/29/2010

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I have given my son benadryl a couple of times since he was about 13 months ( okayed by doctor) although if you are worried you may want to cut the dose in half the first couple of times. Almost all children meds say children under 2 or 4 should not use or consult your doctor. Most of the time it is ok for them, you just need to get the correct dosage. If your doctor says it's ok it shouldn't be a problem.

Jennifer - posted on 06/20/2010

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Go with your Pedi over internet strangers. They only play Pedis on the internet.

Beth - posted on 06/18/2010

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Instead of getting Children's Benadryl, get Infants....I know our babies aren't infants anymore but my 18 month old only weighs 20 pounds so we still have to give her everything in infants...I would suggest doing that since you are uncomfortable giving him the children's. They sell it at Wal-Mart and Wal-Greens. Hope this helps.

Erika - posted on 08/01/2010

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there is infants benadryl. my daughter got a few rashes and the doctor said to give her benadryl and it worked!

Sarah - posted on 07/26/2010

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I've never seen infants benadryl... infants meds though are different than childrens they can be more concentrated. I wouldn't give your child same amount of infants anything that you would childrens... But seriously, if your Dr said 1teaspoon of the beandryl then that is what is going to be best. Mine said it was alot to do with weight over age. My son has had to take both that and an OTC Zertec for allergies (both say 4+). He even had 1/2 teaspoon benadryl before he was one for a bad rash he broke out in... He weighed about 20 pounds at the time. But yea- The docs know what they are talking about, that is why it says consult then ;) lol

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Marlana - posted on 07/28/2010

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They actually dont make an infants benedryl. But if it makes you feel better im doing the same with my daughter, shes 19 months old but we started it when she went to her 18 month check up. Her allergies were so bad she was constantly coughing, congested, and had a runny nose. She couldnt run around without having really labored breathing so we started it and now its 100% better. If you still feel bad about giving it to him then you could ask your pediatrician for a prescription and get it from the pharmacy, this was going to be our plan b if the benedryl didnt work.

Beth - posted on 06/22/2010

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That is great!! Maybe they stopped selling it after the recall, I haven't had to get it so I didn't know it was gone, glad you told me for future references.

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Found out from the pharmacist last night that Benadryl no longer makes Infant's. So...Walgreen's happened to have Children's that was for ages 2 and up, and since my son weighs almost 30 lbs., the pharmacist was sure that's what my son's Dr. meant to give him. So I got it, gave my son a little less than the Dr. said, and it worked just perfectly. Thanks for all your help everyone!

Kristen - posted on 06/22/2010

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My son also takes Benadryl for his allergies. I wasnt aware they made infants, i have never seen it or i might have gotten it for him. I only give him 1/2 tsp as directed by my family doctor. It really does help TONS! poor guy suffers from allergies and asthma and I will try anything to keep his breathing issues under control. Besides all the recalls going on, by my experience its safe =) Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 06/20/2010

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The bottle say the consult a physician. Your child's pediatrician said to give your some the children benadryl so you have already consulted him. I say it's safe if he said it was okay :o)

Heather - posted on 06/19/2010

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Our ped prescribed us infants a while ago with 3 refills so ask your doctor!

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Very helpful, I only chcked at Target and our local grocery store, I didn't know they made infant's...I will look at WalMart or Walgreens. :)

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