Proper Benadryl dosage must be followed when being used to treat allergies on the skin surface and in the nasal or respiratory systems. It relieves symptoms due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies like runny nose itching of the nose or throat and itchy, watery eyes. It also relieves symptoms due to the common cold like runny nose and sneezing. There are various forms of this drug that are being used to treat allergies within the body or on the skin surface. It is available in liquid form, a chewable capsule , quick release tablets, traditional capsules and topical cream.
They can be purchased over the counter as there are not many sever side effects associated with the drug when the right dosage is taken properly. Topical forms can be used for treating itching, scaling, hives or discomfort on the skin. They can be applied to different age groups and people of different weights.
It is necessary to read the guidelines for the particular form to know how long you should wait between each dose. It is not necessary to take it with food, but some people choose to take their doses with food to avoid stomach upset.One may also drink a glass of water to aid in swallowing the medication.
Those over 12 years of age and Adults can take anywhere from 25 to 50 mg every 4-6 hours but children below 25 pounds are not advised to use Benadryl due to its sedative effect.
Dosing is based on weight and not age. The minimum effective dose is 12.5 mg or ml per day depending on whether you are taking the tablet or liquid form. The maximum dose is 50 mg for a matured adult and Children should not exceed 25 mg.
Benadryl dosage by weight
Doses is determined by the weight of the patient. Children under 25 pounds should not use the drug. The average dose for a child is between 12.5-25 mg every 4-6 hours. This can be increased as they grow .Individuals above 100 pounds can take a full dose of Benadryl which is 50mg(Two Tablets).
Benadryl dosage for children and kids
It can be taken to reduce a child’s symptoms during an allergic reaction. It is purchased in liquid, chewable and tablet forms. Chewables may be a choking hazard and are not recommended for kids under 18 months.
Measuring the Benadryl Dosage for children
Droppers are more accurate than teaspoons .It is preferable to use the dropper that comes with the packaging.If you use a teaspoon, it should be a standard measuring spoon. The use of the normal spoons are not recommended. You should take note that 1 full teaspoon is equivalent of 5 ml and half a full teaspoon is equivalent of 2.5 ml. Follow the information below when using Benadryl for your child in other to avoid overdosing.Administer the drug every six hours as and don’t exceed four doses in 24 hours.
Though can be given to children, don’t give the medication to your children under eighteen months without calling your pediatrician first.Don’t forget to read the label first. Always use the measuring device (dropper or measuring spoon) that comes with the package so as to avoid overdosing. Don’t use droppers meant for any other medication or even spoons from the kitchen.
The chart below will guide you on the correct dose for a child based on the weight of such child.
Pediatric Dose of Diphenhydramine for Allergic Rhinitis:
Greater than or equal to 2 to less than 6 years: 6.25 mg orally every 4 to 6 hours, not to exceed 37.5 mg/24 hours.
Greater than or equal to 6 to less than 12 years: 12.5 to 25 mg orally every 4 to 6 hours, not to exceed 150 mg/24 hours.
Benadryl dosage for adults
Adults and individuals above 12 years old can take between 25 to 50 mg after every 4-6 hours. It does not need to be taken with any food but some individuals may take the dose with a meal to avoid minor stomach upsets. One may drink a glass of water to help in swallowing the medication.
Also, people over 100 pounds (approximately 45 kg) can take a full dose of Benadryl. However, maximum dose is 50 mg for an adult.