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Pediatric Health

Dosing Charts

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that pharmaceutical industry produce only one concentration of acetaminophen in order to prevent dosing mistakes. However, medication with different drug concentrations but similar-appearing names can still be found in stores and in medicine cabinets. ALWAYS check the active ingredients section on the medication label for the drug concentration (the amount of drug in a certain amount of fluid – for instance, “_mg in _milliliters”         or “ _mg in each tablet”).  Once you check the concentration on the label, check the chart below for your child’s dosage. Call us if you have any questions.

Acetaminophen Dosage

Acetaminophen Types 10-11 lbs 12-17 lbs 18-23 lbs 24-35 lbs 36-47 lbs 48-59 lbs 60-85 lbs
NEW INFANT CONCENTRATION
(CHECK BOTTLE UNDER ACTIVE INGREDIENTS)
160mg in each 5 milliliters
1.25ml
= 1/4 teaspoon
2.5ml
= 1/2 teaspoon
3.75ml
= 3/4 teaspoon
5 ml
= 1 teaspoon
7. 5 ml
= 1 ½ teaspoons
10 ml
= 2 teaspoons
12. 5 ml
= 2 ½ teaspoons
OLD INFANT CONCENTRATION
(CHECK BOTTLE UNDER ACTIVE INGREDIENTS)
80mg in each 0.8 milliliters
0.4 ml
(1/2 dropper)
0.8 ml
(1 dropper)
1.2 ml
(1 ½ dropper)
1.6 ml
(2 dropper)
     
CHILDREN'S CONCENTRATION
(CHECK BOTTLE UNDER ACTIVE INGREDIENTS)
160mg in each 5 milliliters
1.25ml
= 1/4 teaspoon
2.5ml
= 1/2 teaspoon
3.75ml
= 3/4 teaspoon
5 ml
= 1 teaspoon
7. 5 ml
= 1 ½ teaspoons
10 ml
= 2 teaspoons
12. 5 ml
= 2 ½ teaspoons
Chewable or meltaway
(CHECK BOTTLE UNDER ACTIVE INGREDIENTS)
80mg tablets
        3 tablets 4 tablets 5 tablets
Chewable or meltaway
(CHECK BOTTLE UNDER ACTIVE INGREDIENTS)
160mg tablets
          2 tablets 2 ½ tablets
Suppository
(CHECK BOX UNDER ACTIVE INGREDIENTS)
120mg
    1 supp. 1 ½ supp.      
Suppository
(CHECK BOX UNDER ACTIVE INGREDIENTS)
325mg
      1/2 supp. 3/4 supp. 1 supp.  
Please note: One dose lasts 4 - 6 hours. Do not give >5 doses in 24 hours.

 

Printable Acetaminophen Chart

 

Ibuprofen Dosage

  Infant's Ibuprofen Concentrated Drops
50mg/1.25mL
Children's Ibuprofen Suspension
100mg/5mL
Children's Soft Chewable Tablets
50mg each
Junior Strength Chewable Tablets
100mg each
Junior Strength Ibupofen Caplets
100mg
Weight Age Dropperful
(Use dropper)
Teaspoon Tablet Tablet Caplet
12-17 lbs 6-11 mos 1 = (1.25 mL)        
18-23 lbs 12-23 mos 1 ½ = (1.875 mL)        
24-35 lbs 2-3 yrs 2 = (2.5 mL) 1 tsp. 2    
36-47 lbs 4-5 yrs   1½ tsp. 3    
48-59 lbs 6-8 yrs   2 tsp. 4 2 2
60-71 lbs 9-10 yrs   2 ½ tsp. 5 2 ½ 2 ½
72-95 lbs 11 yrs   3 tsp. 6 3 3
Please Note: One dose lasts 6-8 hours. Not to be used under 6 months.

 

  • Milliliter is abbreviated as mL; 5mL equals one teaspoon (tsp).
  • Don't use household teaspoons, which can vary in size.
  • Aspirin should not be used in children to treat fever or pain.