Medicine / Dosages


Motrin Dosing

Motrin 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.
 
Ibuprofen = Motrin® = Advil®
Dose every 6 to 8 hours as needed for fever or pain
 
Infants’ Drops

50 mg / 1.25 mL

Suspension Liquid

100 mg / 5mL

Children’s Chewable Tablets
50 mg tabs
Junior Strength Chewable Tablets or Caplets
100 mg tabs or caps
11 -21 lbs. 1.25 mL 2.5 ml 1 tab  
22 -27 lbs. 1.25 mL + 1.25 mL 5 ml 1 tab 1 tab or cap
28 - 32 lbs.   5 ml + 1.25 2 tabs 1 tab or cap
33 – 38 lbs.   5 ml + 2.5 ml 3 tabs 1½ tabs or caps
39 – 43 lbs.   5 ml + 3.75ml 3 tabs 1½ tabs or caps
44 – 54 lbs.   10 ml 4 tabs 2 tabs or caps
55 – 65 lbs.   10ml + 2.5 ml   2½ tabs or caps
66 – 76 lbs.   15 ml   3 tabs or caps
77 – 87 lbs.   15 ml + 2.5 ml   3½ tabs or caps
Over 88 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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