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Benadryl Dosing

Benadryl Dosages
Remember these important points:
  1. We recommend Benadryl® for temporary and partial relief of allergy symptoms in children older than 6 months.
  2. Any child who is having a severe allergic reaction (for example: widespread hives, wheezing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or other severe symptoms) should seek medical attention immediately.
  3. Benadryl® usually causes sedation, but some children may become anxious or excited while       taking it.  Either type of reaction is a normal side-effect of the medication.
The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend the use of Benadryl under six (6) months of age.
 
Benadryl® = Diphenhydramine
Dose every 6 hours as needed
 
 
Weight
Benadryl® (allergy) Suspension
12.5 mg / 5 mL
Benadryl®  Chewable
Tablets
12.5 mg tabs
Benadryl® Tablets
25 mg tabs
 
5 - 10 lbs. 1.25 mL    
11 - 16 lbs. 2.5 mL    
17 - 21lbs. 3.75 mL    
22 - 27 lbs. 5 mL 1 tab  
28 - 32 lbs. 6.25 mL 1 ¼ tabs  
33 - 38 lbs. 7.5 mL 1½ tabs  
39 - 43 lbs. 8.75 mL 1¾ tabs  
44 - 54 lbs. 10 mL 2 tabs 1 tab
55 - 65 lbs. 12.5 mL 2½ tabs 1 tabs
66 - 87 lbs. 15 mL 3 tabs 1½ tabs
Over 88 lbs. 20 mL 4 tabs 2 tabs

* 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 (usually higher!) dosage. Aspirin should not be given to your child.


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