Barrington Pediatrics Office

 

Over the Counter Medicine Dosages

 

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Feverall, Tempra, etc.)

  11 lbs. 22 lbs. 33 lbs. 44 lbs. 55 lbs. 66 lbs. 77 lbs. 88 lbs.
Children's Liquid 160mg/tsp. ½ tsp 1 tsp 1½ tsp 2 tsp 2½ tsp 3 tsp 3 ½ tsp 4 tsp
Children's Chewables 80mg tabs 1 tab 2 tabs 3 tabs 4 tabs 5 tabs 6 tabs 7 tabs 8 tabs
Junior Chewables 160 mg tabs ----- 1 tab ----- 2 tabs --- 3 tabs ----- 4 tabs
Adult Regular Strength 325mg tabs ----- ----- ----- 1 tab ----- ----- ----- 2 tabs
Adult Extra-strength 500 mg tabs ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- 1 tab -----

 2 tabs of Adult Extra-strength Acetaminophen (500mg tabs) for 140 lbs or greater 

Acetaminophen may be given every 4 hours, as needed for pain or fever.

Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc.)

  11 lbs. 22 lbs. 33 lbs. 44 lbs. 55 lbs. 66 lbs. 77 lbs. 88 lbs.
Children's Drops 50mg/1.25ml 1.25 ml 2.5 ml 3.75 ml 5.0 ml ----- ----- ----- -----
Children's Liquid 100mg/tsp. ½ tsp 1 tsp 1½ tsp 2 tsp 2½ tsp 3 tsp 3½ tsp 4 tsp
Junior Strength 100mg tabs ----- 1 tab ----- 2 tabs ----- 3 tabs ----- 4 tabs
Adult Strength 200mg tabs ----- ----- ----- 1 tab ----- ----- ----- 2 tabs

Ibuprofen may be given every 6 to 8 hours, as needed for pain or fever.

Ibuprofen should not be given to infants under 6 months of age.

 

Cough Suppressants

 

11 lbs

22 lbs

33-43 lbs

44-54 lbs

55-65 lbs

66–76 lbs

77-87 lbs

88+ lbs

Delsym (Long-acting Cough Suppressant)

 

 

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½ tsp

 

 2/3 tsp

 

 ¾ tsp

 

 1 tsp

 

1¼ tsp

 

1½ tsp

For ages 12 and up, 2 teaspoons every 12 hours as needed for cough. 

Maximum of 2 doses/24 hours.

 

 

11 lbs

22-32 lbs

33-43 lbs

44-54 lbs

55-65 lbs

66-76 lbs

77-87 lbs

88+ lbs

Robitussin DM

 

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¾ tsp

 

1 tsp

 

1¼ tsp

 

1½ tsp

 

1¾ tsp

 

2 tsp

 Use every 6-8 hours as needed for cough.  Maximum of 4 doses/day.

 

Cough & Cold Combinations

 

11 lbs

22-32 lbs

33-43 lbs

44-54 lbs

55-65 lbs

66-76 lbs

77-87 lbs

88+lbs

Pediacare Cough & Cold

 

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 1½ tsp

 

2 tsp

 

2½ tsp

 

3 tsp

 

3 tsp

Use every 6-8 hours as needed for cold symptoms and cough.  Maximum of 4 doses/day.

  

 

11 lbs

22-32 lbs

33-43 lbs

44-54 lbs

55-65 lbs

66-76 lbs

77-87 lbs

88+ lbs

Triaminic Cold & Cough

or

Dimetapp Cold & Cough

 

 

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 1 tsp

 

 

 1½ tsp

 

 

 2 tsp

 

 

 2¼ tsp

 

 

 2½ tsp

Use every 6-8 hours as needed for cold symptoms and cough.  Maximum of 4 doses/day.

 

Antihistamine/Allergy Relief

 

11-21 lbs

22-32 lbs

33-43 lbs

44-54 lbs

55-65 lbs

66-76 lbs

77-87 lbs

88+ lbs

Children’s Benadryl

 

½ tsp

 

1 tsp

 

1 ½ tsp

 

2 tsp

 

2 ½ tsp

 

3 tsp

 

3 ½ tsp

 

4 tsp

 Maximum 50 mg (4 tsp)/dose every 6-8 hours. 

Do not exceed 300 mg/24 hours.

These dosages are likely to cause drowsiness.

 

 

 

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that over-the-counter cough and cold medications not be given to infants and children younger than 2 years because of the risk of serious side effects. Also, several studies show that cold and cough products don't work in children younger than 6 years. 

 

This recommendation does not apply to antipyretics (fever reducers) such as acetaminophen, Tylenol, ibuprofen, Motrin, and Advil without cold/cough symptom relievers in them.