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Medication Dosages

This chart can help you give your child the correct dosage in the event of a fever. Keep these things in mind:

  • Never give a baby younger than 3 months these drugs without talking to your doctor first.
  • Your child’s age is a guide, but his/her weight is the factor in how much medicine to give.
  • Read the label first. There are different forms and concentrations. Be sure not to confuse tablespoons and teaspoons.
  • Always use the measuring device that came with the medicine, whether it’s a dropper or a measuring cup.

Acetaminophen

The following table gives acetaminophen dosage guidelines by weight. It can be used for the different available commercial products including Tylenol, Tempra, Panadol and generics.

*** For infants 3-6 months old, please call our office to discuss your infants symptoms before administering any medications.

Weight
in pounds (lbs.)
Dose Infant Drops
1 teaspoon
= 160 mg/5ml
Children’s Syrup
1 teaspoon
= 160 mg/5cc
Chewables
1 tablet
= 80 mg
Jr. Strength
1 tablet
= 160 mg
12-17 lbs. 80mg 1/2 teaspoon(2.5 ml) 1/2 teaspoon(2.5 cc) 1 tablet ——–
18-23 lbs. 120mg 3/4 teaspoon(3.75 ml) 3/4 teaspoon(3.75 cc) ———- ———
24-35 lbs. 160mg 1 teaspoon(5 ml) 1 teaspoon(5 cc) 2 tablets 1 tablet
36-47 lbs. 240mg ——— 1 1/2 teaspoon(7.5 cc) 3 tablets 1 1/2 tablets
48-59 lbs. 320mg ——— 2 teaspoon(10 cc) 4 tablets 2 tablets
60-71 lbs. 400mg ——— 2 1.2 teaspoons(12.5 cc) 5 tablets 2 1/2 tablets
72-95 lbs. 480mg ——— 3 teaspoons(15 cc) 6 tablets 3 tablets
95+ lbs. 640mg ——— 4 teaspoons(20 cc) 8 tablets 4 tablets

 

Ibuprofen

The following table gives ibuprofen dosage guidelines by weight. It can be used for both Children’s Motrin andChildren’s Advil products. Ibufrofin is only approved for children age 6 months or older.

Weight
in pounds (lbs.)
Dose Infant Drops
(50 mg/1.25ml)
Suspension
1 teaspoon
= 100 mg/5ml
Chewable
1 tablet
= 50 mg
Chewables
1 tablet
= 100 mg
Caplets
1 caplet
= 100 mg
12-17 lbs. 50 mg 1/4 teaspoon(1.25 ml) 1/2 teaspoon(2.5 ml) ——– ——– ——–
18-23 lbs. 75 mg 1/3 teaspoon(1.875 ml) 3/4 teaspoon(3.75 ml) ——– ——– ——–
24-35 lbs. 100 mg 1/2 teaspoon(2.5 ml) 1 teaspoon(5 ml) 2 tablets 1 tablet ——–
36-47 lbs. 150 mg 3/4 teaspoon(3.75 ml) 1 1/2 teaspoon(7.5 ml) 3 tablets 1 1/2 tablet ——–
48-59 lbs. 200 mg ——– 2 teaspoon(10 ml) 4 tablets 2 tablets 2 caplets
60-71 lbs. 250 mg ——– 2 1/2 teaspoon(12.5 ml) 5 tablets 2 1/2 tablets 2 1/2 caplets
72-95 lbs. 300 mg ——– 3 teaspoon(15 ml) 6 tablets 3 tablets 3 caplets

Cold Medicines

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that OTC cough and cold medicines not be given to infants and small children because they have not been proven effective and can be harmful. Call our office to discuss other ways to manage you childs symptoms, such as saline nasal sprays or drops, and bulb suctioning of the nose for babies.

Benadryl

Various situations may arise where it would be appropriate to give your child a dose of benadryl syrup or its generic equivalent – diphenhydramine. These situations might include mild allergic reactions or itchy rashes. Please call our office at any time – or consult with our on call provider after hours – regarding dosage and when the medication is indicated.