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Children’s Dosage Guide

Always ask your healthcare professional which product is right for your child.

 

Acetaminophen (Tylenol®)

 

Liquid Suspension
or Elixir
Chewable Tablets Junior Strength (Tablets or Capsules) Regular Strength (Tablets or Capsules) Extra Strength
(Tablets or Capsules)
Weight
(pounds)
Dose 160 mg/5 mL (teaspoon) 80 mg each 160 mg each 325 mg each 500 mg each
12-17 80 mg 2.5 mL
(1/2 teaspoon)
1 tablet
18-23 120 mg 3.75 mL
(3/4 teaspoon)
1 1/2 tablets
24-35 160 mg 5 mL
(1 teaspoon)
2 tablets 1 tablet or capsule
36-47 240 mg 7.5 mL
(1 1/2 teaspoons)
3 tablets 1 1/2 tablets or capsules
48-59 320 mg 10 mL
(2 teaspons)
4 tablets 2 tablets or capsules 1 tablet or capsule
60-71 400 mg 12.5 mL
(2 1/2 teaspoons)
5 tablets 2 1/2 tablets or capsules
72-95 480 mg 15 mL
(3 teaspoons)
6 tablets 3 tablets or capsules 1 tablet or capsule
> 95 650 mg 20 mL
(4 teaspoons)
8 tablets 4 tablets or capsules 2 tablets or capsules
**ACETAMINOPHEN SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN TO AN INFANT
LESS THAN 3 MONTHS OLD WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR PHYSICIAN!**
**ACETAMINOPHEN MAY BE GIVEN AT INTERVALS OF EVERY 4-6 HOURS**

Ibuprofen (Motrin®/Advil®)

 

Infants’ Oral Drops Liquid Suspension
or Elixir
Junior Strength
(Chewable Tablets or Caplets)
Regular Strength
(Tablets or Capsules)
Weight
(pounds)
Dose 50 mg/1.25 mL 100 mg/5 mL 100 mg each 200 mg each
12-17 50 mg 1.25 mL 2.5 mL (1/2 teaspoon)
18-21 75 mg 1.875 mL 3.75 mL (3/4 teaspoon)
22-32 100 mg 2.5 mL 5 mL (1 teaspoon) 1 chewable tablet or caplet
33-43 150 mg 3.75 mL 7.5 mL
(1 1/2 teaspoons)
1 1/2 chewable tablets or caplets
44-54 200 mg 5 mL 10 mL (2 teaspoons) 2 chewable tablets or caplets 1 tablet or capsule
55-65 250 mg 12.5 mL
(2 1/2 teaspoons)
2 1/2 chewable tablets or caplets
66-76 300 mg 15 mL (3 teaspoons) 3 chewable tablets or caplets
77-87 350 mg 17.5 mL
(3 1/2 teaspoons)
3 1/2 chewable tablets or caplets
88-132 400 mg 20 mL (4 teaspoons) 4 chewable tablets or caplets 2 tablets or capsules
> 132 600 mg 30 mL (6 teaspoons) 6 chewable tablets or caplets 3 tablets or capsules
**IBUPROFEN SHOULD NOT BE ADMINISTERED TO AN INFANT UNDER 6 MONTHS OF AGE!**
**IBUPROFEN MAY BE GIVEN AT INTERVALS OF EVERY 6-8 HOURS**

Download a copy of our Fever Medicine Dosing Guide here.

When to Call Your Doctor if Your Child Has a Fever

The following should be considered guidelines only. Your child’s general appearance and the way he/she is acting are more important indicators of illness than the height of the fever.

You should always call if your child looks or acts significantly ill for any period of time.

Call Immediately (Day or Night) if Your Child Has a Fever and:

  • is under 3 months old with a rectal temperature of 100.4° or higher
  • is under 3 years old and the fever is over 105°
  • is over 3 years old and the fever is over 105° and the temperature has not dropped within 45 minutes of giving acetaminophen or ibuprofen, or after sponging
  • is crying inconsolably or is difficult to awaken
  • complains of a stiff neck and cannot put his/her chin to his/her chest without pain
  • purple spots are present on skin and these do not blanch (whiten when touched)
  • breathing is difficult and is not improved after the nose is cleared of mucous
  • is unable to swallow anything and is drooling saliva
  • your baby’s soft spot is bulging when he or she is sitting up quietly
  • complains of back pain, severe abdominal pain, or pain with urination
  • there is redness or swelling of the eye or pain with movement of the eye
  • there is tenderness, swelling or redness over an arm or leg
  • walks with a limp or refuses to move a joint
  • a compromised immune system (for example, patients without spleens or undergoing chemotherapy)
  • you have any other concerns which make you feel an immediate call is necessary

Call During Regular Office Hours if Your Child Has a Fever and:

  • is 3 – 6 months old and the rectal temperature is 102° or greater
  • has a fever over 101° for more than 72 hours without obvious cause or infection
  • the fever went away for 24 hours, then returned
  • dark urine occurring up to 3 or 4 weeks after a sore throat
  • is over 3 years old with a fever over 105° which responds to acetaminophen or ibuprofen (i.e., the fever drops after administration, but otherwise persists)
  • complains of ear pain (note: if the ear seems swollen, you should call the office immediately)
  • complains of sore throat and any of the following: swollen glands, headache, abdominal pain, rash or joint pain
  • you have other concerns or questions
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