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Help! Accidently given DD double antihistamine dose!

(8 Posts)
TryToBeCalm Thu 13-Mar-14 20:26:13

My DD (3) has a chesty cough. Her cough syrup was sat next to the Piriton bottle (same colour bottle and both clear medicine) I gave her a 5ml dose of what I thought was cough syrup and then a moment later realised I had picked up the piriton! The recommended dose of piriton for her age is 2.5ml! She had just had some calpol and her antibiotic too. I am so worried and upset. DH says she'll be fine but I'm wondering whether to ring 111... She is asleep now but stirs if I rub her back. Feel so guilty!

TryToBeCalm Thu 13-Mar-14 20:39:46


lucjam Thu 13-Mar-14 21:19:24

I would ring 111 for advice, best to check it out. Hope she is ok. Take care.

Clara35 Thu 13-Mar-14 22:52:24

Ring 111 to put your mind at rest but I'm sure it will be ok as my ds had good allergies & his dose of piriton prescribed by hospital was always higher than stated on the bottle.

Clara35 Thu 13-Mar-14 22:52:54

*food not good allergies!

Casmama Thu 13-Mar-14 22:55:04

She'll be fine. My DS had an egg allergy and the consultant advised to give the recommended dose then if hives hadn't resolved to give another dose- said it was almost impossible to overdose on antihistamines. At this stage my DS was about 18 months so don't worry- might just make her a bit sleepy.

TryToBeCalm Fri 14-Mar-14 08:04:42

111 said to just monitor her and this morning she is fine, full of beans actually! I have moved the piriton to another shelf in cupboard!

DeWe Fri 14-Mar-14 10:09:39

Don't worry!

Dd1 got prescribed piriton aged about 9 or 10yo. Somehow I got mixed up with another medication she was taking and was giving 10ml. About 6 weeks later (priton about 1-2 times a week) for some reason I checked and realised it should be 5ml. blush

Doctor just chuckled, told me to make sure I read properly in future and said she'd be fine.

She did sleep well after it though.

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