Please Note: These guidelines are only for children who are fully vaccinated with no chronic medical illnesses.
These guidelines provide general guidance and should not be used as a substitute for the individual advice provided over the phone or at an appointment. If you have any significant or ongoing concerns, please call the office. Please contact Hirsch Pediatrics or go to the ER if your child is under 2 months old and has a fever (rectal temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit or 38 Celsius).
These guidelines are written for patients of Hirsch Pediatrics and may not be copied or used without the written permission of Dr. Hirsch.
Benadryl Guidelines with Dosage Chart and Food Allergic Reaction First Aid
** Food Allergic Reaction First Aid: Please Note: Benadryl can also be used for children 6 months of age and older when they have a sudden, unexpected rash that is due to a possible food allergy. This type of rash may look like hives and become itchy. If your child has a sudden rash with any other concerning allergic symptoms including mouth or tongue swelling, progressive facial swelling, noisy breathing, vomiting, drooling, or significant irritability please give a dose of Benadryl and proceed directly to the ER. In this situation your child may need a much stronger medication than Benadryl. Please refer to KidsHealth website First Aid: Allergic Reactions for more information on First Aid for allergic reactions and when you need to follow-up with our office.
Benadryl Dosage Chart
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|Weight||Dosage||Children’s Liquid Suspension
(12.5 mg/5 ml)
|11 – 16 lbs||6.25 mg||½ tsp (2.5 ml)||n/a|
|17 – 21 lbs||9.375 mg||¾ tsp (3.75 ml)||n/a|
|22 – 26 lbs||12.5 mg||1 tsp (5 ml)||1 tablet|
|27 – 32 lbs||15.625 mg||1 ¼ tsp (6.25 ml)||1 tablet|
|33 – 37 lbs||18.75 mg||1 ½ tsp (7.5 ml)||1 tablet|
|38 – 43 lbs||21.875 mg||1 ¾ tsp (8.75 ml)||1 tablet|
|44 – 54 lbs||25 mg||2 tsp (10 ml)||2 tablets|
|55 – 65 lbs||31.25 mg||2 ½ tsp (12.5 ml)||2 tablets|
|66 – 76 lbs||37.5 mg||3 tsp (15 ml)||2 tablets|
|77 – 87 lbs||43.75 mg||3 ½ tsp (17.5 ml)||2 tablets|
|88 lbs +||50 mg||4 tsp (20 ml)||4 tablets|
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