Medication Dosing

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Acetaminophen

Dosages for Acetaminophen medicines for different weights and ages
Medicine Name May Give Every 10-11 lbs.
2-3 mo.
12-17 lbs.
4-11 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.
All Medicines Do not exceed 5 doses in 24 hours
NEW INFANT
CONCENTRATION
(Suspension) Check Bottle!
160mg/5mL
4 – 6 hours 1.25 mL 2.5 mL
1/2 tsp.
3.75 mL
3/4 tsp
5 mL
1 tsp.
1 1/2 tsp. 2 tsp. 2 1/2 tsp.
(3 tsp if
over 72 lbs)
Chewable or
Meltaway Junior
160 mg
4 – 6 hours 2 tab. 2 1/2 tabs
(3 tabs if
over 72 lbs.)
Chewable or
Meltaway
80 mg tablets
4 – 6 hours 2 tab. 3 tab. 4 tab. 5 tab.
(6 tab over
72 lbs.)
OLD INFANT
CONCENTRATION
(Drops) Check Bottle!
80 mg/0.8 mL*
4 – 6 hours 1/2 dppr.
0.4 mL
1 dppr.
0.8 mL
1 1/2 dppr.
1.2 mL
2 dppr.
1.6 mL
Suppository 120 mg 4 – 6 hours 1 supp. 1-1/2 supp.
Suppository 325 mg 4 – 6 hours 1/2 supp. 3/4 supp. 1 supp.
Suppository 80 mg 4 – 6 hours 1 supp. 1-1/2 supp. 2 supp.
Suspension
160 mg/5 ml
4 – 6 hours 1/2 tsp. 3/4 tsp. 1 tsp. 1 1/2 tsp. 2 tsp. 2 1/2 tsp.
(3 tsp if
over 72 lbs)

Cold Medicines

 

Dosages for cold medicines for different weights and ages
Medicine Name 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 Elixir 6 hours Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use 1 1/2 tsp. 2 tsp. 3 tsp.
Nyquil (purple) Syrup 4 – 6 hours Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use 1-1/2 tsp. 2 tsp. 3 tsp.
Pediacare Cough-Cold Syrup 4 – 6 hours Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use 1 1/2 tsp. 2 tsp. 2 1/2 tsp.
Sudafed Syrup 6 hours Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use 3/4 tsp. 1 tsp. 1 1/2 tsp.

 

Cough Medicines

Dosages for cough medicines in various weights and ages
Medicine Name 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 1 3/4 tsp. 2 tsp. 2 tsp.
Delsym Syrup 12 hours Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use 3/4 tsp. 1 tsp. 1 tsp.
Dimetapp DM 6 hours Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use 1 1/2 tsp. 2 tsp. 3 tsp.
Donatussin Syrup 4 – 6 hours Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use 1/4 tsp. 1/2 tsp. 3/4 tsp.
Robitussin DM Syrup 4 hours Do Not Use Do Not Use Do Not Use 1/2 tsp. 1 tsp. 1 tsp.

 

Ibuprofen

Dosages for ibuprofen medicines for various weights and ages
Medicine Name May Give Every 12-17 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.
Chewable Tablets 100 mg 6 hours 1 tab. 1-1/2 tab. 2 tab. 2-1/2 tab.
Chewable Tablets 50 mg 6 hours 2 tab. 3 tab. 4 tab. 5 tab.
DROPS 50 mg/1.25 mL* 6 hours 1 dppr.1.25 mL 1-1/2 dppr. 1.875 mL 2 dppr. 2.5 mL 3 dppr. 3.75 mL
Suspension 100 mg/5 mL 6 hours 1/2 tsp. 3/4 tsp. 1 tsp. 1-1/2 tsp. 2 tsp. 2-1/2 tsp.
Tablets 200 mg 6 hours 1 tab. 1-1/2 tab.

Itching/Allergies

 

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Dose Table for every 6 – 8 hours
Child’s Weight (pounds) 20 – 24 25 – 37 38 – 49 50 – 99 100+ lbs.
Liquid 12.5 mg/ 1 teaspoon (tsp) 3/4 1 1 1/2 2 tsp
Liquid 12.5 mg/ 5 milliliters (mlL 4 5 7.5 10 mL
Chewable 12.5 mg 1 1 1/2 2 4 tablets
Tablets 25 mg 1/2 1/2 1 2 tablets
Capsules 25 mg 1 2 caps

 

When to Use. Treatment of allergic reactions, nasal allergies, hives and itching.

Table Notes:

  • AGE LIMITS. For allergies, don’t use under 1 year of age. (Reason: it causes most babies to be sleepy). For colds, not advised at any age. (Reason: no proven benefits). They should be not be given if under 4 years old. If under 6 years, don’t give products with more than one ingredient in them. (Reason: FDA recommendations 10/2008).
  • DOSE. Find the child’s weight in the top row of the dose table. Look below the correct weight for the dose based on the product you have.
  • MEASURE the DOSE. Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medicine.  If not, you can get a med syringe at drug stores. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. (Reason: regular spoons are not reliable.) Keep in mind 1 level teaspoon equals 5 mL and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 mL.
  • ADULT DOSE. 50 mg
  • HOW OFTEN. Repeat every 6 hours as needed.
  • CHILDREN’S BENADRYL FASTMELTS. Each fastmelt tablet equals 12.5 mg. They are dosed the same as chewable tablets.