|Child’s Weight (pounds)||20-24||25-37||38-49||50-99||100+||lbs|
|Liquid 12.5 mg/1 teaspoon (tsp)||3/4||1||1 1/2||2||—||tsp|
|Liquid 12.5 mg/5 milliliters (ml)||4||5||7.5||10||—||ml|
|Chewable 12.5 mg||—||1||1 1/2||2||4||tablets|
|Tablets 25 mg||—||1/2||1/2||1||2||tablets|
|Capsules 25 mg||—||—||—||1||2||caps|
Indications: Treatment of allergic reactions, nasal allergies, hives and itching.
AGE LIMITS: For allergies, don’t use under 1 year of age (Reason: it’s a sedative). For colds, not recommended at any age (Reason: no proven benefits) and should be avoided if under 4 years old. Avoid multi-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age (Reason: FDA recommendations 10/2008).
DOSAGE: Determine by finding child’s weight in the top row of the dosage table
MEASURING the DOSAGE: Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medication. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. Regular spoons are not reliable. Also, remember that 1 level teaspoon equals 5 ml and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 ml.
FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6 hours as needed
ADULT DOSAGE: 50 mg
CHILDREN’S BENADRYL FASTMELTS: Each fastmelt tablet contains the equivalent of 12.5 mg of Diphenhydramine HCL and dosed the same as chewable tablets
My Child Is Sick! Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries (Copyright © 2011 Barton D. Schmitt, MD, FAAP)