Pediatric Dosages for Common Medications

Medication Dosage Comments
Acetaminophen
  • 100mg/ml drops

  • 160mg/5ml elixir

  • 80mg chew tabs 

10-15mg/kg/dose q4-6h no more than 5 doses per day
Aspirin
  • 81 mg chewtabs
  • 100 mg/5ml susp.
10-15 mg/kg/dose q4-6h Watch use in children and adolescents (Reye's Syndrome)
Ibuprofen
  • 100 mg/5ml susp.
20-40 mg/kg/day dvd q6-8h
  • Fever <102.5: 5 mg/kg q6-8h
  • Fever >102.5: 10 mg/kg q6-8h
Max dose: 40 mg/kg/day
Albuterol
  • 2 mg/5ml syrup
2-6 y.o.: up to 0.1 mg/kg/dose q6-8h 6-12 y.o.: 2 mg q 6 h Max dose:
  • 2-6 y.o.: 12 mg/day
  • 6-12 y.o.: 24 mg/day
Metaproterenol
  • 10 mg/5 ml syrup
<6 y.o.: 0.3-0.5 mg/kg/dose q6-8h 6-9 y.o.: 10 mg q6-8h

>9 y.o.: 20 mg q6-8h
 
Theophylline
  • 80mg/15ml syrup

<4 wks: 3-6 mg/kg/day q12h

4-8 wks: 3-6 mg/kg/day q8h

2-6 mths: 6-15 mg/kg/day q6h

0.5-9 yo: 24mg/kg/day

9-12 yo: 20 mg/kg/day

for q8h or q12h dosing: useTheoDur or Slo-bid 
Brompheniramine
  • 2 mg/5ml elixir

<3 yo: 0.125mg/kg/dose q4-6h

2-6 yo: 1mg q4-6h

6-12 yo: 2mg q4-6h

Max dose:

  • 2-6 yo: 6mg/day

  • 6-12 yo: 12mg/day

Chlorpheniramine

  • 2mg/5ml elixir

<2 yo: 0.5mg q6h

2-6 yo: 1mg q6h

6-12 yo: 2-4mg q4-6h

Max dose:

  • 2-6 yo: 6mg/day

  • 6-12 yo: 12mg/day

Diphenydramine

  • 12.5mg/5ml

<3 months: 2.5mg q4h

3 mo-2 yo: 5mg q4h

2-6 yo: 6.25mg q4h

6-12 yo: 12.5mg q4h

Max dose:

  • 2-6 yo: 37.5mg/day

  • 6-12 yo: 75mg/day

Guaifenesin
  • 100 mg/5ml

<3 mo: 10mg q6h

3-12 mo: 20mg q6h

2 yo: 25mg q6h

2-6 yo: 50-100mg q4-6h

6-12 yo: 100-200mg q4-6h

Max dose:

  • 2-6 yo: 600mg/day

  • 6-12 yo: 1200mg/day

Pseudoephedrine

  • 30mg/5ml

<3 mo: 3-6mg q6h

3-24 mo: 7.5mg q6h

2-6 yo: 15mg q6h

6-12 yo: 30mg q6h

Max dose:

  • 2-6 yo: 60mg/day

  • 6-12 yo: 120mg/day

Triprolodine

  • 1.25mg/5ml

6-12 yo: 1.25mg q4-6h

Max dose:

  • 6-12 yo: 8mg/day

 
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