I purchased the Children’s Benadryl Dye-Free Allergy Liquid Medication for the purpose of producing sleepiness in my nine-year old son. He has always had a hard time falling asleep, and even the classical music tapes and the nightlight were making matters worse.
Many families on my disability lists go through the same nightly rituals in trying to get their child on the autism spectrum to sleep. I read of families that give their children Benadryl to assist in the sleep process. Other children like my younger son are on specific medications that promote sleep in record time.
My son was not keen on taking a clear liquid and keeps asking me for the pink bottle that we store in the refrigerator. He loves those antibiotics! We had already been using the Children’s Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt, which is for the relief of the same symptoms - sneezing, itchy, water eyes, itchy throat, runny nose due to colds, hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies. My son enjoys taking the melt in your mouth dissolving tablets, but I prefer a dye-free product instead.
For children between the ages of six and twelve the dosage is one to two teaspoons every four to six hours with not more than 6 doses in any twenty-four hour period. That statement leaves a big gap in how many teaspoons a child should be getting, depending on if you opt for one or two teaspoons in a dose. Luckily for us my son was only taking one teaspoon at 8 pm to push the sleep process along.
Before my son would even swallow a spoonful a bottle of water had to be in his hand for a quick chaser. I tried a teaspoon once and it was not that bad with no after taste, but the scent is more like bubble gum than the actual taste. The desired affect worked within thirty minutes and my son found it easy to fall asleep. On the one hand we had a winning formula, but my son was not happy with taking this on a nightly basis from Sunday through Thursday. I ended up purchasing chewable Melatonin and he gets to sleep really fast, likes the tablets and has no need for water.
Another plus for the Children’s Benadryl Dye-Free Allergy Liquid Medication is the fact that it is sugar and alcohol free. Each teaspoonful contains 5 ml of diphenhydramine HCI 12.5 mg. The inactive ingredients are - Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium, Citric Acid, Flavor, Glycerin, Purified Water, Saccharin Sodium, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate, Sorbitol Solution.
I did notice that while my son was taking the Children’s Benadryl Dye-Free Allergy Liquid Medication he woke up with no sneezing or allergy symptoms. I honestly did not feel comfortable giving this to him several nights a week and he was not too happy taking it, but it does work as stated.
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