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how much benadryl should i give my 2 yr old, 32lb. boy, who

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how much benadryl should i give my 2 yr old, 32lb. boy, who just got the nasal flu vaccine yesterday? And is that the best solution for his symptoms? He has no fever, just started getting a progressive runny & congested nose throughout the day today. Enough to be disruptive for his sleep. Pretty sure the symptoms of his nose & vaccine are related. Doesn't act like he feels sick or seem at all irritable. Just heavily congested nose. He's a big boy for just turning 2, so I'm little unsure on dosages on meds with him, but I always feel it necessary to remain conservative with them either way.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Louise Sivak, M.D. replied 6 years ago.
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Louise Sivak, M.D. :

Hello, I am not a big fan of giving benadryl to toddlers as it can cause unpleasant side effects such as very dry mouth and either drowsiness or paradoxical agitation. If you choose to use benadryl, the dose would be 0.25-0.5 mg / kg of weight or 5-7 milligrams total. Recommend instead nasal saline to help him clean out his congestion.

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I would much rather use the saline. Thank you for the helpful suggestion.

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