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Old 09-22-2008, 11:57 AM   #1
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How much children's benadryl do you give a 20 month old?

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Old 09-22-2008, 12:01 PM   #2
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Re: How much benadryl for a 20 month old?

my son is 18 months but 32lbs I give him a 1/4 tsp when he needs it
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Re: How much benadryl for a 20 month old?

The rule is 1 mg per kg.

1 kg=2.2 lbs
, so if your child is 24 lbs, give roughly 11 mg. A teaspoon on the liquid (please check your package though) is 12.5 mg, so I'd give just shy of a teaspoon.

You should always give medication based on weight, not age.

ETA: this rule applies ONLY to Benedryl, not all medications for children.
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Re: How much benadryl for a 20 month old?

I agree with orangemnms.

Our pedi Rx'd benadryl for DD and said a tsp (12.5mg) when she was only 23lbs but I gave her a tad less I know I'm not going to overdo it but, the horror stories make me cringe!
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Here's a link to the dosage chart on Dr. Sears website:

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T088800.asp

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Re: How much benadryl for a 20 month old?

Interesting. My daughter is about 24 lbs and the pharmacist told us 1/4 teaspoon.
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