|Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, etc.) Dosage Table |
|Child's weight more than (pounds)||20||25||38||50||100||lbs.|
|Total amount (mg)||10||12.5||19||25||50||mg|
|Liquid 12.5mg/5ml (tsp)||¾||1||1½||2||--||tsp|
|Chewable 12.5 mg||--||1||1½||2||4||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
- FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6-8 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
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Online
Pediatric HouseCalls Online