Medicine / Dosages


NOTE: New Concentration for Infants. In accordance with FDA recommendations, acetaminophen manufacturers have changed the concentration of infant acetaminophen from 80mg/0.8ml to 160mg/5ml. Be aware that there may be both the old and new concentrations of infants' acetaminophen products available in stores and in medicine cabinets. The pediatric acetaminophen products currently on the market can continue to be used as labeled. Be sure to check the label or contact our office should you have questions. More Information

Acetaminophen Dosing

Acetaminophin Dosing
Remember these important points:
  1. Please call our office for any child with fever over 100.4 for four or more consecutive days, even if the child has already been seen for the fever.
  2. When reporting a fever, please state exactly what the thermometer read and where the thermometer was placed; never add or subtract degrees.
  3. Never give any medicine, including fever medicine, to a baby younger than 3 months without calling our office first.
  4. The following doses may differ from other information that you have at home.  The doses found below include our recommendations, which are both safe and effective.
The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend the use of Tylenol® and Motrin® to be used on an alternating dosage schedule. Ibuprofen (Motrin) is not recommended for children under six (6) months of age.  Our office follows these recommendations.
 
Acetaminophen = Tylenol® = Tempra®
Dose every 4 to 6 hours as needed for fever or pain
  Infant or Children’s
Oral Suspension
160 mg / 5 mL
Chewable Tablets

80 mg tabs
Junior Strength
Chewable Tablets
160 mg tabs or caps
5 - 10 lbs. 1.25 ml    
11 – 17 lbs. 2.5 ml    
18 – 23 lbs. 3.75 ml    
24 – 29 lbs. 5 ml 2 tabs 1 tab or cap
30 – 35 lbs. 5ml  + 1.25ml 2 ½ tabs 1 tab or cap
36 – 40 lbs. 5ml + 2.5ml 3 tabs 1½ tab or caps
41 – 46 lbs. 5ml + 3.75ml 3½ tabs 1½ tab or caps
47 – 52 lbs. 10 ml 4 tabs 2 tabs or caps
53 – 58 lbs. 10 ml + 1.25 ml 4 tabs 2 tabs or caps
59 – 64 lbs. 10 ml + 2.5 ml   2½ tabs or caps
65 – 69 lbs. 10 ml + 3.75 ml   2½ tabs or caps
70 – 76 lbs. 15 ml   3 tabs or caps
77 – 81 lbs. 15 ml +1.25 ml   3 tabs or caps
82 – 87 lbs. 15ml + 2.5 ml   3½ tabs or caps
88 - 93 lbs. 15ml + 3.75 ml   3½ tabs or caps
Over 94 lbs. 20 ml   4 tabs or caps
 

* CAUTION: We recommend that you use the dropper or dosage cup that comes with your medicine to avoid overdosage. Dosage recommendations on bottles may vary from the recommendation on these pages. We would like you to use our recommended dosages unless your health care provider has given you a different (usually higher!) dosage. Aspirin should not be given to your child.


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