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Delsym 12 Hour Cough Relief. Can I give a small dose of this medicine to my child?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on April 5, 2023.

I don't have any other cough syrup in the house and want to know if my 5 1/2 year old (she weighs 40 lbs) can take a 1/2 or 1/4 teaspoon of this medication?

Official answer


Yes, that's fine for a dry annoying cough. It would not be recommended for a productive cough. The recommended dose is : "children 4 to under 6 years of age 2.5 mL every 12 hours, not to exceed 5 mL in 24 hours"

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