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Dosing charts for pediatric fever and pain medicines

Download and print these dosing charts for pediatric acetaminophen and ibuprofen—and keep them wherever your store your child’s medicines.

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Pediatric Dosing Chart Acetaminophen

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Pediatric Dosing Charts Ibuprofen
Acetaminophen
If possible, use weight to dose; otherwise use age.
Child's weight & age
Infants' acetaminophen drops
for example Infants' TYLENOL® Drops 80 mg per 1 mL
Under 12 lbs
Under 6 mos
Talk to a doctor
12-17 lbs
6-11 mos
1 mL
18-23 lbs
12-23 mos
1.5 mL
Children's acetaminophen liquid
for example Children's TYLENOL® Liquid 160 mg per 5 mL
Under 12-23 lbs
Under 6-23 mos
Talk to a doctor
24-35 lbs
2-3 yrs
5 mL
(1 tsp)
36-47 lbs
4-5 yrs
7.5 mL
(1.5 tsp)
48-59 lbs
6-8 yrs
10 mL
(2 tsp)
60-71 lbs
9-10 yrs
12.5 mL
(2.5 tsp)
72-95 lbs
11 yrs
15 mL
(3 tsp)
Children's or Junior 160mg acetaminophen tablets
for example Junior Strength Children's TYLENOL® Fastmelts®160mg
Under 12-23 lbs
Under 6-23 mos
Talk to a doctor
24-35 lbs
2-3 yrs
1 Tablet
36-47 lbs
4-5 yrs
1.5 Tablets
48-59 lbs
6-8 yrs
2 Tablets
60-71 lbs
9-10 yrs
2.5 Tablets
72-95 lbs
11 yrs
3 Tablets

Important Instructions

  • You may repeat the dose every 4 - 6 hours while symptoms last
  • Do NOT give more than 5 doses in 24 hours
  • Do NOT use with any other product containing acetaminophen
Ibuprofen
If possible, use weight to dose; otherwise use age.
Child's weight & age

Infants' ibuprofen concentrated drops
for example Infants' MOTRIN® Concentrated Drops 50 mg per 1.25 mL

Under 12 lbs
Under 6 mos
Talk to a doctor
12-17 lbs
6-11 mos
1 mL
18-23 lbs
12-23 mos
1.5 mL

Children's ibuprofen suspension
for example Infants' MOTRIN® Concentrated Drops 100 mg per 5 mL

Under 12-23 lbs
Under 6-23 mos
Talk to a doctor
24-35 lbs
2-3 yrs
5 mL
(1 tsp)
36-47 lbs
4-5 yrs
7.5 mL
(1.5 tsp)
48-59 lbs
6-8 yrs
10 mL
(2 tsp)
60-71 lbs
9-10 yrs
12.5 mL
(2.5 tsp)
72-95 lbs
11 yrs
15 mL
(3 tsp)
Children's or Junior 100mg ibuprofen chewable tablets
for example Junior Strength Children's ADVIL® Chewables 100 mg
Under 12-23 lbs
Under 6-23 mos
Talk to a doctor
24-35 lbs
2-3 yrs
1 Tablet
36-47 lbs
4-5 yrs
1.5 Tablets
48-59 lbs
6-8 yrs
2 Tablets
60-71 lbs
9-10 yrs
2.5 Tablets
72-95 lbs
11 yrs
3 Tablets

Important Instructions

  • You may repeat the dose every 6 - 8 hours while symptoms last
  • Do NOT give more than 4 doses in 24 hours
  • Do NOT use with any other product containing ibuprofen

What you can do to dose your child’s medicine correctly:

  • Always read and follow the medicine label

  • Re-read the directions before every dose; don’t try to rely on memory. As children grow, their doses change over time

  • Use the dosing device that came with the medicine. Kitchen teaspoons or other tableware are not appropriate. Tip: Keep the medicine carton so you can store the bottle and the device together

  • Wait the full amount of time between doses. Giving another dose too soon could lead to serious side effects

  • Write down all doses given — and use a medicine tracker. Share this with your child’s other caregivers so no one repeats a dose or re-doses too soon.

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