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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Dosing Chart

Give every 4-6 hours as needed but no more than five (5) times per day unless directed your child’s physician.

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Indications: Treatment of fever and pain.

Table Notes:

  • CAUTION: In May, 2011, a move to one standard concentration (160 mg/5 ml) of liquid acetaminophen medicine for infants and children was announced. Up until this point, there have been mainly 2 concentrations: 80 mg/0.8 ml (Infant Concentrated Drops) and 160 mg/5 ml (Children’s Liquid Suspension or Syrup). During this transition period, both old and new concentrations of infant acetaminophen may be available on store shelves and in homes.
    Before selecting a dose, please double check the infant package carefully to find the correct concentration. Then, select the dosage according to the concentration and child’s weight.
  • AGE LIMIT: Don’t use under 12 weeks of age without consulting your physician (Reason: fever during the first 12 weeks of life needs to be documented in a medical setting and if present, your infant needs a complete evaluation.) EXCEPTION: Fever from immunization if child is 8 weeks of age or older. Avoid multi-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age. (Reason: FDA recommendations 1/2008)
  • DOSAGE: Determine by finding child’s weight in the top row of the dosage chart.
  • MEASURING the DOSAGE: Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medicine. If not, medicine syringes are available at pharmacies. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. Regular spoons are not reliable. Also, remember that 1 level teaspoon equals 5 ml and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 ml.
  • FREQUENCY: Repeat every 4-6 hours as needed. Don’t give more than 5 times a day.
  • ADULT DOSAGE: 650 mg
  • BRAND NAMES: Tylenol, Feverall (suppositories), generic acetaminophen
  • MELTAWAYS: Dissolvable tabs that come in 80 mg and 160 mg (jr. strength)
  • SUPPOSITORIES: Acetaminophen also comes in 80, 120, 325 and 650 mg suppositories. (The rectal dose is the same as the dosage given by mouth.)
  • EXTENDED-RELEASE: Avoid extended-release products in children.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Ibuprofen (Advil / Motrin) Dosing Chart

Give every 6-8 hours as needed but no more than four (4) times per day unless directed your child’s physician.

  • AGE LIMIT: Don’t use under 6 months of age unless directed by child’s physician. (Reason: safety not established and doesn’t have FDA approval). Avoid multi-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age. (FDA recommendations 1/2008)

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Indications: Treatment of fever and pain.

Table Notes:

  • DOSAGE: Determine by finding child’s weight in the top row of the dosage chart.
  • MEASURING the DOSAGE: Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medication. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. Regular spoons are not reliable. Also, remember that 1 level teaspoon equals 5 ml and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 ml.
  • IBUPROFEN DROPS: Ibuprofen infant drops come with a measuring syringe.
  • BRAND NAMES: Motrin, Advil, generic ibuprofen
  • ADULT DOSAGE: 400 mg
  • FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6-8 hours as needed but no more than 5 times per day.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Dosing Chart

Give every 6-8 hours as needed but no more than four (4) times per day unless directed your child’s physician.

  • AGE LIMITS: For allergies, don’t use under 1 year of age. (Reason: it’s a sedative). For colds, not recommended at any age. (Reason: no proven benefits) Should be avoided if under 4 years old. Avoid multi-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age. (Reason: FDA recommendations 10/2008).

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Indications: Treatment of allergic reactions, nasal allergies, hives and itching.

Table Notes:

  • DOSAGE: Determine by finding child’s weight in the top row of the dosage chart.
  • MEASURING the DOSAGE: Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medication. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. Regular spoons are not reliable. Also, remember that 1 level teaspoon equals 5 ml and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 ml.
  • FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6 hours as needed but no more than 4 times per day.
  • ADULT DOSAGE: 50 mg
  • CHILDREN’S BENADRYL FASTMELTS: Each fast-melt tablet contains the equivalent of 12.5 mg of Diphenhydramine HCL and dosed the same as chewable tablets.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.