Cough Medicines Dosages
 
 

Cough 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. 

Benylin DM Syrup

6 hours 

Do Not Use 

Do Not Use 

1 1/2 tsp. 

1 3/4 tsp. 

2 tsp. 

2 tsp. 

Delsym Syrup

12 hours 

Do Not Use 

Do Not Use 

** 

3/4 tsp. 

1 tsp. 

1 tsp. 

Dimetapp DM

6 hours 

Do Not Use 

Do Not Use 

1 tsp. 

1 1/2 tsp. 

2 tsp. 

3 tsp. 

Donatussin Syrup

4 - 6 hours 

 

Do Not Use 

1/4 tsp. 

1/4 tsp. 

1/2 tsp. 

3/4 tsp. 

Pediatric Formula 44

Syrup[

6 hours 

Do Not Use 

Do Not Use 

1/2 Tbs. 

1/2 Tbs. 

1 Tbs. 

1 Tbs. 

Phenergan w/codeine Syrup

4 - 6 hours 

 

Do Not Use 

1/4 tsp. 

1/2 tsp. 

1 tsp. 

1 tsp. 

Robitussin DM Syrup

4 hours 

Do Not Use 

Do Not Use 

1/2 tsp. 

1/2 tsp. 

1 tsp. 

1 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.