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Child's Weight (pounds) 16-31 32-47  48-63  64-79  80-95  96-129  130+   lbs
 Liquid 5 mg/1 teaspoon (tsp) 1/2 1 1/2  2 1/2  --  tsp
 Liquid 5 mg/5 milliliters (ml) 2.5 5 7.5 10 12.5 15 -- ml
 Liquid 7.5 mg/1 teaspoon (tsp) -- -- 1 1 1 1/2 2 3 tsp
 Liquid 7.5 mg/5 milliliters (ml) -- -- 5 5 7.5 10 15 ml
 Liquid 10 mg/1 teaspoon (tsp) -- -- -- 1 1 1 1/2 2 tsp
 Liquid 10 mg/5 milliliters (ml) -- -- -- 5 5 7.5 10 ml

Indications: Cough suppressant. Dextromethorphan (DM) is present in most cough syrups.

Table Notes:

  • AGE LIMIT: Don’t use under 4 years of age.
  • Over 4 years of age: NOT recommended as primary treatment of cough. Use HONEY instead. Avoid multi-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age. (Reason: FDA recommendations 10/2008).
  • DOSAGE: Determine by finding child's weight in the top row of the dosage table.
  • MEASURING the DOSAGE: Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medication. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. Regular spoons are not reliable. Also, remember that 1 level teaspoon equals 5 ml and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 ml.
  • FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6-8 hours as needed
  • ADULT DOSE: 20 mg

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Last Updated
5/11/2013
Source
Adapted from My Child Is Sick! Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries (Copyright © 2011 Barton D. Schmitt, MD, FAAP)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.