Cold Medications Dosages
 
 

Cold Medicines

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ: The FDA acknowledges that the ingredients in these cough and cold products have not been tested by today's standards to identify their levels of efficacy and safety. While further studies are pending, the manufacturers are voluntarily relabeling their recommended use of these products to "Do Not Use" in children less than 4 years of age. Given the need for further research, the dosages listed below are the current recommendations of our practice.

 

May Give Every 

14-17 lbs.
6-11 mo. 

18-23 lbs.
12-23 mo. 

24-35 lbs.
2-3 yr. 

36-47 lbs.
4-5 yr. 

48-59 lbs.
6-8 yr. 

60-85 lbs.
9-11 yr. 

Benadryl  Syrup

6 hours 

 

 

1 1/2 tsp. 

1 3/4 tsp. 

2 tsp. 

2 tsp. 

Dallergy Syrup

4 - 6 hours 

Do not use 

Do not use 

Do not use 

1/2 tsp. 

1 tsp. 

1 1/2tsp. 

Dimetapp Elixer

6 hours 

Do Not Use 

Do Not Use 

1 tsp. 

1 1/2 tsp. 

2 tsp. 

3 tsp. 

Nyquil Syrup

Purple

4 - 6 hours 

 

 

1-1/2 tsp. 

1-1/2 tsp. 

2 tsp. 

3 tsp. 

Pediacare Cough-Cold Syrup

4 - 6 hours 

Do Not Use 

Do Not Use 

1 tsp. 

1 1/2 tsp. 

2 tsp. 

2 1/2 tsp. 

Sudafed Syrup

6 hours 

Do Not Use 

Do Not Use 

1/2 tsp. 

3/4 tsp. 

1 tsp. 

1 1/2 tsp. 

Triaminic  Syrup

Orange

4 hours 

Do Not Use 

Do Not Use 

1/2 tsp. 

3/4 tsp. 

1 tsp. 

1 1/2 tsp. 

 

* CAUTION:We recommend that you use the dropper or dosage cup that comes with your medicine to avoid overdosage. Dosage recommendations on bottles may vary from the recommendation on these pages. We would like you to use our recommended dosages unless your health care provider has given you a different (usually higher!) dosage. Aspirin should not be given to your child.