Recommended OTC Dosage for Children

Children’s Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Dosage

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 infant’s 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.

NOTE: AGE LIMIT. Don’t use under 12 weeks of age unless advised by your pediatrician.

 

(NEW) Infant’s Suspension
Children’s Suspension Liquid
160mg/5mL

Children’s Soft Chewable Tablets
80mg each

Junior Strength Chewable Tablets
160mg each

Weight

Teaspoon

Tablet

Tablet

6-11 lbs

Call office

  

12-17 lbs

1/2 tsp.

(2.5 ml)

  

18-23 lbs

¾ tsp.
(3.75 ml)

 

24-35 lbs

1 tsp.
(5 mL)

2

1

36-47 lbs

1 1/2  tsp.

4

2

48-59 lbs

2 tsp.

4

2 ½

60-71 lbs

2½ tsp.

5

72-95 lbs

3 tsp.

6

3

96 lbs & over

4 tsp. 

8

4

Please note: One dose lasts 4 hours. Do not give more than 5 doses in 24 hours.

Children’s Motrin (Ibuprofen) Dosage

 Children’s Ibuprofen Suspension
100mg/5mL

Junior Strength Chewable Tablets
100mg each

Adult Tablets
200mg

Weight

Age

Teaspoon

Tablet

Tablet

 

0-5 mos

   

12-17 lbs

6-11 mos

1/2 tsp.  

18-23 lbs

12-23 mos

3/4 tsp.  

24-35 lbs

2-3 yrs

1 tsp . 1 

36-47 lbs

4-5 yrs

1  1/2 tsp.

 1  1/2  

48-59 lbs

6-8 yrs

2 tsp.

2

1

60-71 lbs

9-10 yrs

2 1/2 tsp.

2 1/2

1

72-95 lbs

11 yrs

3 tsp.

3

1 1/2

     

Please Note: Not to be used under 6 months of age. One dose lasts 6-8 hours.

  • Milliliter is abbreviated as mL; 5 mL 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.

Children’s Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) Dosage

Weight

Benadryl Liquid
12.5 mg = 5 mL
5 mL = 1 teaspoon

Benadryl Chewable
12.5 mg

Benadryl Capsules
25 mg

Benadryl Quick Dissolve Strips
25 mg

22-32 pounds

3/4 teaspoon

(3.75 ml)

   

23-43 pounds

1 teaspoon

(5 ml)

1 chewable

  

44-54 pounds

1 1/2 teaspoons

(7.5 ml)

1 1/2 chewable

  

55-109 pounds

2 teaspoons

(10 ml)

2 chewable

1 capsule

1 strip

110+ pounds

 

4 chewable

2 capsules

2 strips

Please note: Give every 4-6 hours, as needed, and not more than four times in 24 hours unless directed by a health care professional.

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