ACETAMINOPHEN (TYLENOL, FEVERALL, TEMPRA)
May be given every 4-6 hours as needed for pain or fever. Do not exceed more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
IBUPROFEN (MOTRIN, ADVIL)
*not recommended for infants less than 6 months old*
May be given every 6-8 hours as needed for pain or fever.
BENADRYL ANTIHISTAMINE/ALLERGY RELIEF
DIPHENHYDRAMINE (Brand Name: Benadryl) Benadryl is an antihistamine, so it can be used for allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis or hives, as well as nasal allergies and cold symptoms. It can be given every 6 hours. Benadryl comes in Children’s liquid suspension, Children’s Chewable tablets, Children’s Meltaway strips or adult tablets.
- AGE LIMITS: For emergency use, please administer Benadryl in consultation with a physician. For routine use, avoid diphenhydramine under 6 years of age unless instructed by healthcare provider. Non-sedating alternatives (eg, loratadine, cetirizine, fexofenadine) are available over-the-counter and are safer for young children.
- DOSAGE: Determine dosage by finding child’s weight in the first column of the dosage table
- MEASURING the DOSAGE: Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medication. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. Regular spoons are not reliable. Also, remember that 1 level teaspoon equals 5 mL and that ½ a teaspoon equals 2.5 mL.
- FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6 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
- RISK of SIDE EFFECTS: May cause drowsiness and paradoxical excitatory behavior. Use caution when driving or operating heavy machinery after dosing due to potential for sedation and decreased alertness. This is especially relevant for teen drivers.
These tables indicate maximum recommended dosages. Please do not hesitate to call our office if you have any questions.