Allergy medicine for 7-8 month

Chelsea - posted on 08/25/2013 ( 52 moms have responded )

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My daughter was up screaming all night last night and still didn't sleep much during the day. Tonight she was screaming again and her nose has been constantly running since last night. So I gave her some allergy medicine which was rexall allergy relief which is what her dr had me give her when she was like 4 months but I don't remember how much I gave her then. She is instantly asleep. Should I be worried? Did I give her too much? I gave her about 2ml. Has anyone used this?

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Lynn - posted on 09/10/2013

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I am a nurse practitioner and I think you daughter was exhausted and fell asleep. An allergy medicine contained Benadryl will cause a child to sleep too. It sounds like she may have some kind of ear infection which is extremely painful. I would advise you to take her to her pediatrician and have her ears look up. That dosage is fine and may have helped calm the inflammation in her ears.

Joy - posted on 08/27/2013

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Seriously people, calm down! Its fine to give the allergy meds, my ped told us to when we flew with our baby and also when she was about 6 months old. You always want to dose children by WEIGHT not age. The dose for 20lb is 3-4 ml.

Cecilia - posted on 09/07/2013

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Ok let's not play on semantics here. Yes she said "screaming" and I said "crying". Just the same Allergies can make a baby scream. I have a baby with allergies so I do know it can cause them pain,

Joyce that is horrible, but understand not all mothers are like that. That being true can you understand why some of us could in good conscience ask our mother for advice. That it is common place for us to seek help from someone who might not be a doctor.

You want to mad at your mother for not treating your pain yet you want her to do nothing until she can get a doctor to call her back. Which can be many hours of waiting. That to me seems a little bit unfair.

The problem here is you are trying to see your mother in this woman. That isn't the case at all. She is trying to be a good mom and do the right thing. It is unfair for you to judge others based on what happened to you. It is unfair for you to come in and basically bash her when she was asking for help. Saying things like "haphazard, irrational and dangerous" are words used to make someone feel small.

She was trying, she didn't know what she was doing. If anyone wants to say they always know what to do, they would be a liar. Motherhood is hard and confusing and it would be nice if we are given some kindness and guidance rather than a tongue lashing.

Shaela - posted on 08/30/2013

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With her age I would guess teething, but I'm reluctant to give meds to a baby anyway. My toddler has hayfever like me, and I used doterra oils in place of meds. Worked like a charm, and she loves them. Plus they smell yummy. It's lavender, peppermint, and lemon. A drop on each foot multiple times a day. No more runny nose, and she sleeps since she can breath. At least if its not allergies I'm not giving unnecessary medication. Plus those oils can be used for multiple things. Lavender is a natural antihistamine, and calming. Peppermint settles upset tummies and heartburn. Lemon works for heartburn as well and has cleansing properties when added to water, and helps cleaning. Those are just a few things they do, the list go on. They also have oils (clove) & (on guard; doterra specific) for teething that I have used on my kids. I would be careful with little ones and Benadryl. Get her checked for allergies also to make sure what it is. Good luck! If you have questions about the oils, please feel free to ask.

Prudence - posted on 08/29/2013

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Telephone your GP now. Do not waste time on here when your daughters health is in question.

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Teresa - posted on 11/30/2013

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Joyce, ' God gives the hardest battles to His strongest soldiers'. I'm sorry for what you had to endure at such a young age. But also, it may have been those challenges that made you strong enough to stand by your own daughter throughout her physical & mental challenges. God Bless You for learning from your mother's errors instead of using her neglect as an excuse t to do the same to your own children.

May God Help You To Find Forgiveness In Your Heart For The Women In Your Life. (it will feel as a heavy weight lifted from your shoulders). [Just a thought. IF your grandmother was present during the neglect throughout your childhood but did nothing to correct it, it may be possible that your mother was raised under similar conditions.]
I have one question, you've been an adult for many years, why wait until your fifties to do anything about your feet? Had you gotten them checked out thirty years prior there may have been a much more favorable outcome.

May God Bless You & May HE Forgive & Bless All Who Are Playing Judge.


May God Boy mph

Carolyn - posted on 09/16/2013

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JOYCE, I AM VERY SORRY THAT YOU HAD TO GO THRU YOUR LIFE,NEGLECTED.
WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN SAD STORIES ABOUT THE WAY WE WERE RAISED.
THE PROBLEM NOW IS YOU HAVE SUFFERED ALL YOUR LIFE WITH FOOT PAIN,
YOU NEED LOTS OF PRAYERS FROM COMPASSIONET PEOPLE, THE PAIN IN YOUR HEART MAY NEVER GO AWAY, HOPEFULLY YOU WILL GET THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR YOUR FEET. BLESS YOU.
DON'T YOU KNOW HURT PEOPLE HURT OTHER PEOPLE.

Victoria - posted on 09/10/2013

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Wow, Joyce, you are a bitter, disgusting "person." You appear to be fat in your picture-perhaps THAT is the cause of your foot problems. SO WHAT if you had problems with your mom-lots of people did. It sounds like YOU want EVERYONE ELSE TO PAY because of YOUR crappy life. Typical of your kind-NOBODY is allowed to be happy or be a good parent or have happy, healthy children because YOU didn't. Also typical of your kind is that you make EVERYTHING about YOU. Go retreat into your dungeon and leave everyone else alone-you have NO business being on this site. NONE AT ALL.

Kati - posted on 09/10/2013

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I give my kids Meds as an absolute last resort. Wether it's from a doctor or not. If it were me, I'd call the nurse on call at the pediatricians office for advice, or ANY pharmacy, since they can calculate out the proper dosages for you.

Joyce - posted on 09/05/2013

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@Cecilia Bailey
The child wasn't crying; she was "screaming" and for 2 days.
The woman finally called the Dr after seeking advice here and being told to call the Dr from moms here.
Ear infections are not deadly, but if left untreated, can cause permanent deafness. I have hearing difficulty now and you'll see why below.
Since you seem to need a kind of proof:
I'm 56; I raised 2 daughters, one who is now 26, but was born severely premature at 25 weeks gestation. We have raised her through everything.
I would never, ever call my mother for guidance in raising children bc she took me aside when I was 7 years old and told me she was finished raising me bc she didn't want to be a parent anymore; and she most seriously meant that.She lived in the house until I got married and ignored me unless there was someone around to impress. Once company left, she retreated into her own world and ignored me further.
I can count on 1 hand the number of times I was taken to the Dr as a kid to age 18. If my ear hurt, she poured hot oil into it. When I was 10, I don't know what I had, but the Dr made a house call, his last, and reamed her and my grandmother, for bringing me near death. I lost 6 weeks of school and never recovered academically that year. From there on,there was no more Dr at all.
I stopped seeking her advice when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade and in Catholic school. She sent me in w/ brown, two-toned suede saddle shoes bc she hated my flat feet (I had them and my older brother, by 11 years, did not; that meant he would need to serve the country and nothing angered her more that I had the flat feet and he did not) and her idea of corrective shoes was saddle shoes. I asked her what to say when the Nun was going to ask me about being out of uniform; her response was to "tell the Nun to go to Hell."
Like I said, I'm now 56. I now have the feet of an 85 year old person and was recently told by a foot orthopedist who would finally listen to me about the excessive pain in my feet, that I have Stage 4 posterior tibial tendonitis. It's congenital. I've had foot pain my whole life and she never listened either. I have to have my ankles fused; meaning no more flexion or I can be in a wheelchair within 3-5 years the rest of my life. This was coming my whole life and no matter what I told her, she ignored it, after suede shoes.
Between the needs of our daughter and my own, I have so much medical experience I could spout doctrine.
So, no.I do not ask my mother, my grandmother, aunt, etc., anything regarding care for my kids.

Cecilia - posted on 09/05/2013

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Allergies can and will make them cry. I am assuming the child has the same signs of allergies as it had before. Therefore, it is okay to assume if it looks like the same problem start by treating it the same way.

Last time I checked ear infections aren't deadly. There are many people in this world who will not take antibiotics or give them to their children. Our bodies have their own way of fighting these things off. These children get ear infections also. They turn out okay in the end.

If you go back and read she did call the doctor. Who told her it was fine and that 4ml would have been the right dose. Why did she come ask non-professionals? maybe because was was scared and waiting for the doctor to call back and needed some advice. You've never called an older woman on mothering advice, possibly your own mother? My mom honestly worst mother to me but has the best ways of doing things when it comes to not even medicating them. (like clove oil for teething instead of orajel)

Joyce - posted on 09/05/2013

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@CeciliaBailey Of course, it's dangerous, especially if the child had something more serious happening, like an ear infection. If the child is "screaming," as she put it, allergies don't cause that kind of reaction. The child needed a Dr., as another mom said, "why was she asking non-professionals if she did the right thing?" What do we know? We all pay Dr's for their knowledge and we trust them to do share it with us properly. Why else do we see them? Relying on what she did 4 months before is ludicrous. Who knows how much the child grew within the growth curve? So the correct dosage may have been way off. This woman is playing Russian roulette with her child. If a child is screaming 2 days, by all means, take her to the Dr. Screaming is not normal to allergies.

Cecilia - posted on 09/05/2013

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"But this mom loosely gave her kid medicine without knowing an exact amount for her child, which is very haphazard, irrational and so completely dangerous. "

I would disagree. She gave a small amount of medication which her doctor had given to her. Did she know the exact dose? no you're right she didn't. But she could have given it up to 4ml now. They grow so fast that within a week you actually have the wrong dose.

I don't think it's irrational to give a child a medication for a problem which they have had in the past.

Is it completely dangerous, no it isn't. If the medication was that dangerous it wouldn't be given to a child.

Medication dose is written up as lowest dose possible to fix the problem. One example is Aleve: 1 pill every 24 hours. BUT you can take up to 3 in that 24 hour period with no problem. In this example, you can take 3 times what the bottle says. It is written that way so people aren't taking the max dose every time. Mind you this is a stronger medication and not to be taken lightly and yet I can triple the dose on some days and be perfect. Same goes with all medication, there is some lee-way on these things.

Vineta - posted on 09/04/2013

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Try taking her to Cranio Sacral Therapist who is traned to work on babies. That can help if she has ear infection, allergies or other problems.

Eleanor - posted on 09/03/2013

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My guess she was so exhausted that the little meds but her to sleep when she got some relief.

Shelly - posted on 09/03/2013

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my grandson takes zyrtec. he has allergies like his mother. were I live its allergies issues all the time. it helps him and i agree with it.

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she may be teething - or have an ear infection. Is she running a fever?
I would not worry - most allergy medicines contain a slight pain reliever as well (anti inflammatory) so whatever is causing it made her feel better and from not sleeping, she passed out! If it continues, definitely check her gums, or call the doctor!
Good Luck!

Joyce - posted on 09/03/2013

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@ Monika Woods There are too many parents who rely on meds and even liquor to force their kids to sleep at night so they can sleep themselves, without regard to sinus issues or anything else.
Yes, children should sleep at night, and Lord knows, we all want to be rested. But this mom loosely gave her kid medicine without knowing an exact amount for her child, which is very haphazard, irrational and so completely dangerous.
Knowing this, as openly as she stated what she did herself, I really felt the need to question what she did. Sometimes,we need to face ourselves.
And yes, you are completely correct about calling on a pharmacist about the correct amount and exactly what should be given. But, it may have been a good idea to take the child to the Dr to find out what to do, in the first place to get it all right again, as to what the Dr was doing in the beginning. What was appropriate then, may not be now.
If the child was screaming so badly so long, it may have been an ear infection, in which case, Benedryl wasn't going to work. Incessant screaming in a child that young shouldn't be ignored at all. What if the child breaks her ear drum? Then what? Deafness? As parents we are charged with making sure we miss nothing. The Dr is the one to make that call, not the mom.

Monika - posted on 09/02/2013

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Always talk to Pharmacist's about meds. Doctors do not know enough info about them. Pharmacists are trained to know all the details. Doctors only know what is recommended.

Benedryl (generic name diphenhydramine) is non-addictive and widely used as a sleep aid. Ignore the lady that accused you of putting your child to sleep so you could go to sleep. Babies should sleep at night and sinus pain is horrible.

Look at things in her diet that may be causing this, if you have house animals consider changing this, reduce items that generate dust. I also like air cleaners for the home. When we had one all of our allergies were at bay. I need to get another one. The company was called Ecoquest then, can't remember what it is now.

Monika - posted on 09/02/2013

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2ml is not to much.
I have always used bendryl with my kids. My son has terrible allergies, and has been on benedryl for them (at bedtime) for years. We gave him 2.5 ml

Joyce - posted on 08/31/2013

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@Nathalie are you sure it's for the baby to sleep, or for you to sleep? Sometimes, as parents we just need to walk the floors to help them get through the tough nights by holding, rocking, gently singing or simply letting them know someone who loves them that they can depend on will always be there to get them through. That's a very important part of parenting--self-sacrifice-- that cannot come from a bottle. And depending on who your child is, it may have to go on for a lifetime.

Joyce - posted on 08/31/2013

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It might have been a good idea to call a pharmacy first to find out how much was rught for her age and weight.

Mariya - posted on 08/29/2013

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Are you sure it is allergy, and not running nose due to teething?
While allergy medicine usually makes people sleepy (most of them have antihistamine, which makes the person who takes it drowsy and sleepy) and may provide you a relief from a crying baby (if so), you should make sure that what your baby has is allergy, as there is no need to over-drug your baby.
Good luck!

Diane - posted on 08/29/2013

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Do not give allergy medicine unless you've called the Doctor's office and cleared it. That being said, you already said you used this when she was an infant, and it worked well. How do you know her screaming was due to allergies? A runny nose does not an allergy make. I really think you should check in with the doctor. You are asking lay people to diagnose something that may be a problem. What's the issue with calling the doc, speaking to the nurse, explaining what you've done, and taking it from there? I have never heard of that medicine, and allergies and a runny nose shouldn't make her scream, unless the reaction is great enough to call the paramedics. I called the paramedics when my grandson was an infant and displaying allergic reactions, and I'm more grateful to them than you can imagine.

MELANIE - posted on 08/28/2013

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My baby is 10 months old and his pedia recomends Benadryl, but just 1ml 3times a day, and it really helps a lot :)

Leona - posted on 08/28/2013

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Allergy medicine does that! My husband can't keep his eyes open once he takes any type of allergy medication (even non drowsy!) and he's an adult...children react differently, but I don't think you need to be worried!! You could always call you pediatrician and voice your concern and they'll be able to direct you as what to do, or to help you feel better... 2mL isn't a lot, that's how much Tylenol my 7 month old get for his teething, so I think you're safe Momma! Snuggle up with your baby girl, and relax...you're a good Momma!

Christina - posted on 08/28/2013

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I see so many people talking about prescriptions, but echinacea tea (purple coneflower, a hardy perennial here in WV) can be mixed in with ANYTHING in place of water for a healthy and SAFE boost every day.

Christina - posted on 08/28/2013

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Something is triggering it.
It's safer to remove problems than to treat symptoms of problems.
Firstly, are you in a house with mold or other air allergens like perhaps pets?
If so, please consider a dehumidifier. Yes, they're a bit pricey but work wonders.
Secondly, has she recently begun any new food? Could be food allergens. Wheat isn't what wheat used to be and that's a fact. It's bad for almost everyone; causes leaky-gut which is a metabolic problem that causes autism-like behavior. Take it as your baby's warning cry to you.

Chelsea - posted on 08/27/2013

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Thanks everyone she is fine I called the dr. And he said not to worry that due to her weight she could have twice that and I have never done that before but I figured it would help and the runny nose is gone. I really appreciate the helpful comments from other mothers who understand where I am coming from. She is my first baby and was freaked out. But she feels much better now.

Lisa - posted on 08/27/2013

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Please read the packaging,it will tell you how much to use.Did the md tell you how much to give.Be careful.Little children are easy to overdose.I have never used it.The dosage is dependent on her weight.Good luck if you use it again.I'm a home health peds nurse.

Thekmurph - posted on 08/27/2013

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I breastfed exclusively for a whole year and my son has excema and hayfever. The studies say that it lessens the incidence of allergies, but does NOT cure genetic predisposition.

I did the same for my other son who subsequently had horrible recurrent ear infections....go figure!

Kirsten - posted on 08/27/2013

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Some allergy relief medicines can be very drowsy, like piriton. I use them at night. I also use non drowsy during the day. I wouldn't worry

Rachel - posted on 08/27/2013

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while I was pregnant with my son I had allergies that I never had before. I breastfed him and he still had allergies when he was a couple of months old. his doctor gave him zyrtec at a couple of months old. just check with the doctor for the correct dosage for her current weight. you're child will be ok and if it was prescribed to get at a younger age is fine for her now. good luck and good bless

Cecilia - posted on 08/27/2013

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People, the internet and the medicine bottles tell you not to give it to under 2 years olds because there are people who do not know how much to give. People will misuse it to make their children sleep. It isn't as dangerous as you think. Her doctor did give it to her.

I actually had to call poison control because my daughter drank half a bottle of benadryl, which was prescribed by her doctor.. I was freaked out! They told me that the amount she took doesn't even require her to go to the doctor. I was told to call the doctor and let them know the next day. She would sleep it off and if she sleeps more than an hour longer than her normal nap to wake her up. (edit:to add on to this she was 33 pounds and drank about 50ml. Never would I suggest a child ever take that much, but it didn't kill her. The bottle then got locked up after this case also. If you want to think i'm a horrible mother that's okay. I did not expect a 2 year old to get a child proof cap off. )

Some babies do get allergies. I have one child who has seasonal allergies since she was a tiny baby. Just as some babies have problems with milk protein. It happens.

The poor baby was probably just so tired that she just passed right out. Hopefully she is feeling better now.

Jillian - posted on 08/27/2013

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Sorry my post looks really goofy. I was typing on my phone and it was autocorrecting, or it thought if was. I didn't pay attention to it. Lol

Samantha - posted on 08/27/2013

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I agree with lyndsey & some kids are born with allergies the meds just clear up the symptoms not drug them up. My daughter ran around all day and night while taking Benadryl. There is also natural medicine to give children. P.s. I was a breast feeding mother but that doesn't get rid of allergies.

Nathalie - posted on 08/27/2013

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I give my baby 2.5ml on nights when it's really really hard for her to sleep, I don't do it every night only when necessary, as long as your not giving it everyday then I don't see a problem!!

Lyndsey - posted on 08/27/2013

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Seriously chill out peeps! 2ml is nothing! If she was prescribed this medicine at 4mths..... and im sure the amount was more than 2ml it will be fine.She was probably exhausted through crying! My son has hayfever and has 5ml twice a day everyday.... from the age of 6mths! Relax! :)

Jillian - posted on 08/27/2013

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I'm surprised the Dr had you give her anything. When my lo was that age she was having those issues but Dr said I want allowed to give her mess until she was at least a year old. We had to use a ball syringe to clear her nose. Also we used vapor rub to help her breathe better. It didn't make her"all better" but that is what we were told to do. She also screamed and cried about I'm her first six months and we could only calm He by walking the floors and patting her back or bottom. When then realized she was having bad gas issues. So we switched her formula and have her gas drops. Do you think she could be having this problem too?

Piper - posted on 08/27/2013

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what in the world could your baby be allergic to? Do you breastfeed her? If so she really shouldn't have allergies, at least not to the extent that require drugging her. Have you tried any natural remedies? Steaming up the bathroom? Lots of safe herbs and tinctures out there that many people have found effective? Her nose could have been running from crying so much? Breastfeeding is really the answer, I believe. I've never had a baby with allergies, and never had one that couldn't be comforted to sleep by nursing. But every kid IS different, I guess. You should have called your doctor or ER if you were concerned about how much of a prescribed medicine you should have given your baby- not posted on here. We're NOT medically trained! At least probably not most of us... Good luck.

Samantha - posted on 08/27/2013

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My daughters pediatrician directeted me to give my daughter .5ml-1.ml of children's Benadryl when she was 7-8 months due to allergies making her nose stuffy and eyes swell and unable to sleep. It didn't knock her out but it helped all the symptoms and she slept well. Call a dr before giving meds next time. Vicks helps I also love similasan natural children's medicine it helps them sleep and clears up a cold in 2-3 days! Keep the pillows fluffed!

Allison - posted on 08/27/2013

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My baby is 7months and my doctor told me to do 2.5ml because I gave her less and is said that is not enough for a 17lb baby. It was benedryl

Cathy - posted on 08/27/2013

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Pretty much ALL allergy medication is not to be used for under 2. You should never give medication without a doctors advice.

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That seems like too much for a 7-8 month old. The combination of that and lack of sleep is probably what caused her to fall asleep so quickly.

Gena - posted on 08/26/2013

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I just googled that rexall allergy relief up and saw that its not even supposed to be given to children under 2.So i dont know if you have one thats for babies.Just give the doctor a call to be sure she hasnt had to much.Good luck

Gena - posted on 08/26/2013

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Has she got an allergy? what is this allergy medicine for? Wake her up and phone the doctor immidiatly and tell them you gave her that amount and that she fell asleep.

Tara - posted on 08/25/2013

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oh 7 mnths!! yea thats too much, I would of give her like .5 to 1ml next time!!! wake her up!!!

Tara - posted on 08/25/2013

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how old is she? I give my 4 year old 5ml (tsp) of claritin during the day with saline and at night benadryl 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) with vicks vapor rub on his chest and feet with socks!!!

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