Dosing

Acetaminophen Dosing (Tylenol® or another brand)

Give every four to six hours, as needed, no more than five times in 24 hours (unless directed to do otherwise by your healthcare provider)

Weight of child Age of child Children's liquid or suspension
1 tsp (5mL) = 160mg
Children's tablets
1 tablet = 80mg
Junior strength
1 tablet = 160mg
6–1lbs (2.7–5 kg) 0–3 mos      
1217 lbs (5.57.kg) 4–1mos Advised dose*:1/teaspoon    
1823 lbs (8.210.5 kg) 1223 mos Advised dose*:3/teaspoon    
2435 lbs (10.915.9 kg) 2–3 yrs teaspoon (160 mg) tablets  
3647 lbs (16.421.4 kg) 4–5 yrs 1½ teaspoon(240 mg) tablets  
4859 lbs (21.826.8 kg) 6–8 yrs teaspoons (320 mg) tablets tablets
6071 lbs (27.332.3 kg) 9–1yrs 2½ teaspoon(400 mg) tablets 2½ tablets
7295 lbs (32.743.2 kg) 11 yrs teaspoons (480 mg) tablets tablets

 

Ibuprofen Dosing  (Advil®, MOTRIN® or another brand)

Give every six to eight hours, as needed, no more than four times in 24 hours (unless directed to do otherwise by your healthcare provider).

 

Weight of child Age of child Infant drops
1.25mL = 50mg
Children's liquid or suspension
1 tsp (5mL) = 100mg
Children's tablets
1 tablet = 50mg
Junior strength
1 tablet = 100mg
under 11 lbs(5kg) under 6 mos

NO MOTRIN < 6
months

     
12–17 lbs (5.5–7.7 kg) 4–11 mos 1.25 mL      
18–23 lbs (8.2–10.5 kg) 12–23 mos 1.875 mL      
24–35 lbs (10.9–15.9 kg) 2–3 yrs   1 teaspoon (100 mg) 2 tablets  
36–47 lbs (16.4–21.4 kg) 4–5 yrs   1½ teaspoons (50 mg) 3 tablets  
48–59 lbs (21.8–26.8 kg) 6–8 yrs   2 teaspoons (200 mg) 4 tablets 2 tablets
60–71 lbs (27.3–32.3 kg) 9–10 yrs   2½ teaspoons (250 mg) 5 tablets 2½ tablets
72–95 lbs (32.7–43.2 kg) 11 yrs   3 teaspoons (300 mg) 6 tablets 3 tablets
 

Medications and Dosages to Reduce Pain and Fever

WARNING: If you're also giving your child over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as cold preparations, be aware that these may contain pain or fever reducers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Be sure to read all OTC medication labels carefully to ensure your child is not receiving more acetaminophen or ibuprofen than recommended.

  • Ask your health care provider or pharmacist which formulation is best for your child.
  • Give dose based on your child's weight. If you don't know the weight, give dose based on your child's age.
  • Do not give more medication than recommended.
  • If you have questions about dosing or any other concern, call your clinic or health care provider.
  • Always use a proper measuring device. 
    • For example:
      • When giving infant drops, use only the dosing device (dropper or syringe) enclosed in the package.
      • When giving children's suspension or liquid, use the dosage cup enclosed in the package. If you misplace the dosage cup, consult your health care provider or pharmacist for advice. (Kitchen spoons are not accurate measures.)

Discontinued OTC Medications

Please be aware that the following cold remedies are no longer recommended and are now unavailable for use in children under 2 years of age:

  • Dimetapp® Decongestant Plus Cough Infant Drops
  • Dimetapp® Decongestant Infant Drops
  • Little Colds® Decongestant Plus Cough
  • Little Colds® Multi-Symptom Cold Formula
  • Pediacare® Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine)
  • Pediacare® Infant Drops Decongestant and Cough (containing pseudoephedrine)
  • Pediacare® Infant Dropper Decongestant (containing phenylephrine)
  • Pediacare® Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough
  • Pediacare® Infant Dropper Decongestant and Cough (containing phenylephrine)
  • Robitussin® Infant Cough DM Drops
  • Triaminic® Infant and Toddler Thin Strips Decongestant
  • Triaminic® Infant and Toddler Thin Strips Decongestant Plus Cough
  • Tylenol® Concentrated Infants’ Drops Plus Cold
  • Tylenol® Concentrated Infants’ Drops Plus Cold
  • Tylenol® Concentrated Infants’ Drops Plus Cold and Cough