Ruth~ 2.5 mL is 1/2 teaspoon, and is the recommended dosage, so your dr was right. It's just that with weight, I tend to go with a little less with a smaller weight. Just because I am a naturally small person, and knew from past experience, that sometimes the recommended dosage can be a bit much. Right now, my 16 yr old takes a higher dose of benadryl than I do LOL but he is about 35 pounds heavier than me.
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11/6/06 12:54 P
wow... now I feel bad. My pediatrician recommended 2.5mL for my LO at her 3month checkup (we were taking a trip also). At the time I remember thinking that it was a lot, but I trusted him and she indeed slept the whole flight. She was 11lbs at the time.
11/6/06 10:18 A
Thanks for your responses!
I'm really glad I only gave him half the recommended amount because he slept for over 4 hours! I didn't give him anymore Benadryl for the rest of the weekend and he seemed ok. Now the mystery remains...what gave him the rash in the first place.
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11/6/06 9:30 A
dr. sears says 1/2 teaspoon for babies who weigh 11-16 pounds. Since Your LO is on the small side of that, I would give 1/4. That's how I have always done it. When their weight is on the low end of the "recommended" dose, I give a little less than the recommended dose. When babies are on the higher end, I give the full dose. UNLESS the allergy is so severe there are hives on the body...then they get the full dose.
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11/3/06 7:46 P
in the back of what to expect in the first year it has amounts of medication in there.
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11/3/06 7:43 P
I think 1/2 tsp is too much. I gave my baby 1 mL of benadryl (that was the amount prescribed by the dr.) to help him sleep through a 4 hour flight when he had colic. I think that's about 1/5 of a tsp. He also weighed about 12 pounds at the time though he was only a month old.
Just googling it quickly I found that 3/4 tsp is the recommended dosage for a 22 lb child -- so yes, I think 1/2 tsp is too much for your LO!
Edited by: MAMA.MANDA at: 11/3/2006 (19:46)
11/3/06 7:38 P
I went to the pedi today for my son's rash. It was a doctor I had not seen before and she recommended 1/2 tsp of Benadryl up to 4 times a day. I gave my son half that amount because 1/2 tsp just seemed like a lot (he's only 12 pounds). Well, he's been asleep for over 3 hours now! No way am I giving that stuff to him 4 times a day - he'd never eat! Now I'm doubting this doctor's advice completely - has anyone else given their baby Benadryl? I think I'm just going to have to let him itch.
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