What is correct children’s benadryl dosage

Benadryl is a best friend for a mom with a small child. There is a lower strength formula specially made for children. Benadryl is must medicine for your cabinet if you have children, infant or toddler at home.

Benadryl is an antihistamine that is used to treat seasonal allergies such as sneezing, watering eyes, running nose and itching. You can use Benadryl as sleeping aid also during traveling. It works by blocking histamine in the body.

Histamine is an organic nitrogenous compound that produces symptoms such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes, runny nose, hives, skin rash, itching, etc. These symptoms can appear in both children and adults. Benadryl has a drying effect and hence help in curing these symptoms.

It also has some side effects such as making sleepy or dizzy, and you can avoid it with correct dosage. But the good part is Benadryl is available in chewable tablets and liquid which will help your child take it better.

Here we will discuss some of the essential tips for using children’s Benadryl dosage, reasons for its usage, and its cons and pros. We have tried to cover all details regarding Benadryl dosage for children in this article.

We all are super concerned about the safety of our children before using any medicine on them. And that makes sense also, most of the drugs have side effects which might cause some long terms effects in our babies.

To make it clear doctors have not yet defined any standard dosage for children under two years. But you can consult your doctor in that case since younger children can have a higher risk of side effects.

How to use Benadryl for Children

If you have the prescription from the pediatrician, please follow the instructions. Else you can read directions given in the package. Take Benadryl with a glass of water. If it is in liquid form, you can take it directly with a spoon.

And to prevent motion sickness, take medicine at least half hour before leaving. Children and patients above 65 might have a strong reaction and might need smaller dosage.

Sufficient amount of children’s Benadryl dosage can reduce histamine symptoms or treat allergies.

Where should I store Benadryl?

Temperature: 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F)
Keep Benadryl away from children reach and if it is expired throw it right away.

Types of Benadryl for Children

Benadryl for kids available in five types, with a different dosage, which is listed below.

• Children’s BENADRYL® Allergy Liquid.
• Children’s BENADRYL® Dye-Free Allergy Liquid.
• Children’s BENADRYL® Allergy Plus Congestion.
• Children’s BENADRYL® Chewable.
• Children’s BENADRYL® Itch Cooling Gel.

9 Things you need to know before giving Benadryl to children

Do not Over Use

Statistics show that many parents use Benadryl as a tool to keep their children silent on many occasions. It is not a sedative medication. Also, make sure you do not overuse Benadryl during traveling to make the child sleepy.

Instead, you can give your child lots of toys and treats to keep them busy. Children by nature want to run here and there, do weird things and as a parent you should be ready to be with them and go along. Do not consume more than 6 doses in 24 hours.

Keep your child in Sunshine

If you have deiced to give Benadryl to your child, just make sure that she gets enough sunlight when she gets up in the morning. Enough sunshine helps sleep hormone melatonin in the brain regulate.

While Travelling

Adapting different time zone itself difficult and for children, it gets more difficult. If you are giving them Benadryl while traveling, these tips can be beneficial.

  •  Give them at least one hour to play in dim light before sleep. This will help them adapt the timezone and sleep well.
  • Make sure they get sunlight when they get up in the morning.

Babysitter and Day Care

We need to be very careful while hiring babysitter and day care services. It is found that they use Benadryl to get babies to sleep.

Children’s Benadryl Dosage Varies

Every child is different, and they need a different dosage of Benadryl according to their age, weight and sometimes height, immunity level, and environment. So either gets prescription from the doctor and strictly follow it or learn about the dosage in detail.

Pay Attention to Side Effects

If you feel like something is not good, you should immediately contact the doctor. Side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, headache, stomachache and dry mouth can be seen. It can also show some severe side effects such as thicken bronchial secretions, tighten throat and even issues in the nervous system.

Use one Product/Brand at a time

Benadryl comes in different ingredients, form, and packages. You should try to stick with the same product and brand. Benadryl uses different ingredients in different countries. So to avoid any side effects and effectiveness of Benadryl, use the same product.

Use the cup that comes with the Bottle

Never use a spoon or any other thing. You should use the cup that comes with the bottle because it will ensure that you are giving correct dosage.

Check Expiry date

Last but not least important, you should always check the expiry date of the medicine. And if your drug is expired, please make sure that you throw it right away. Whatsoever you should never store any drug within reach of children.

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Children’s Benadryl Dosage by Weight

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Children’s Benadryl Dosage

When to give Benadryl to Children


You must read about children’s Benadryl dosage before using any of them. Each type of baby Benadryl and Benadryl dosage for kids with detail is explained below.

Children’s BENADRYL® Allergy Liquid and Dye-Free Allergy Liquid

These two baby Benadryl comes in a liquid form with cherry-flavor, dye-free, and bubblegum-flavored. Children can have a theme without any unwillingness.

Children’s Benadryl dosage for BENADRYL® Allergy Liquid and Dye-Free Allergy Liquid

• Children below 2 years: do not use.
• Children 2 – 5 years: do not use without the direction of a doctor.
• Children 6 -11 years: 5 ml every 6 hours.
• Children 12 years and above: 10 ml every 6 hours.

Children’s BENADRYL® Chewable

This type of Benadryl for kids comes in the form of chewable tablets with grape flavor. Children can easily chew them because of grape flavor.

Children’s Benadryl dosage for Children’s BENADRYL® Chewable

• Children below 2 years: do not use.
• Children 2 -5 years: do not use without the direction of a doctor.
• Children 6 – 11 years: 1 to 2 tablets (12.5 to 25 mg) in a day.
• Children 12 years and elder: 2 to 4 tablets (25 mg to 50 mg) in a day.

Children’s BENADRYL® Allergy Plus Congestion

This baby Benadryl is to relieve allergies plus nasal congestion and sinus pressure. It also comes in liquid form with grape-flavor, so that kids like its taste.

Children’s Benadryl dosage for Children’s BENADRYL® Allergy Plus Congestion

• Children below 4 years: do not use.
• Children 4 -5 years: Do not use without the direction of a doctor.
• Children 6 -11 years: 5 ml every 6 hours.
• Children 12 years and over: 10ml every 6 hours.

Children’s BENADRYL® Itch Cooling Gel

This one is the gel form of Benadryl for kids that help your children to stop itching with its cooling and soothing properties. It helps to relieve minor burns, sunburn, minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.

Children’s Benadryl dosage for Children’s BENADRYL® Itch Cooling Gel

• Below 2 years of age: do not use or ask a doctor (skin specialist).
• Children 2 years and above: Apply to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times daily.

hild’s Weight (pounds)20-2425-3738-4950-99100+lbs
Liquid 12.5mg/5mL (tsp)¾12tsp
Chewable 12.5 mg124tablets
Capsules 25 mg12caps

8 Things you need to know before giving Benadryl to children 

Do not consume more than 6 doses in 24 hours.

Do not give any type of Benadryl to a child younger than 2 years old.

You should not use this medicine to make a child sleepy. Store between the temperature of 20-25° C (68-77° F). Protect from direct sunlight.

If your baby has glaucoma, thyroid, asthma or other breathing disorder, then you must consult with a doctor before using it.


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