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.

Cough Medicines

 
  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  Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use
Delsym Syrup 12 hours  Do Not Use  Do Not Use  Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use
Dimetapp DM 6 hours  Do Not Use  Do Not Use  Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use
Donatussin Syrup 4 - 6 hours  Do Not Use Do Not Use  Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use
Robitussin DM Syrup 4 hours  Do Not Use  Do Not Use  Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use

* 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 dosage. Aspirin should not be given to your child.

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.

Benylin DM Syrup

May Give Every 6 hours
  • 14-17 lbs. 6-11 mo. - Do Not Use
  • 18-23 lbs. 12-23 mo. - Do Not Use
  • 24-35 lbs. 2-3 yr. - Do Not Use
  • 36-47 lbs. 4-5 yr. - 1 3/4 tsp.
  • 48-59 lbs. 6-8 yr. - 2 tsp.
  • 60-85 lbs. 9-11 yr. - 2 tsp.

Delsym Syrup    

May Give Every 12 hours     
  • 14-17 lbs. 6-11 mo. - Do Not Use
  • 18-23 lbs. 12-23 mo. - Do Not Use
  • 24-35 lbs. 2-3 yr. - Do Not Use
  • 36-47 lbs. 4-5 yr. - 3/4 tsp.
  • 48-59 lbs. 6-8 yr. - 1 tsp.
  • 60-85 lbs. 9-11 yr. - 1 tsp.

Dimetapp DM    

May Give Every 6 hours     
  • 14-17 lbs. 6-11 mo. - Do Not Use
  • 18-23 lbs. 12-23 mo. - Do Not Use
  • 24-35 lbs. 2-3 yr. - Do Not Use
  • 36-47 lbs. 4-5 yr. - 1 1/2 tsp.
  • 48-59 lbs. 6-8 yr. - 2 tsp.
  • 60-85 lbs. 9-11 yr. - 3 tsp.


Donatussin Syrup    

May Give Every 4 - 6 hours     
  • 14-17 lbs. 6-11 mo. - Do Not Use
  • 18-23 lbs. 12-23 mo. - Do Not Use
  • 24-35 lbs. 2-3 yr. - Do Not Use    
  • 36-47 lbs. 4-5 yr. - 1/4 tsp.
  • 48-59 lbs. 6-8 yr. - 1/2 tsp.
  • 60-85 lbs. 9-11 yr. - 3/4 tsp.

Robitussin DM Syrup    

May Give Every 4 hours     
  • 14-17 lbs. 6-11 mo. - Do Not Use
  • 18-23 lbs. 12-23 mo. - Do Not Use
  • 24-35 lbs. 2-3 yr. - Do Not Use
  • 36-47 lbs. 4-5 yr. - 1/2 tsp.
  • 48-59 lbs. 6-8 yr. - 1 tsp.
  • 60-85 lbs. 9-11 yr. - 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 dosage. Aspirin should not be given to your child.


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