Medication Dosage

It is important that proper dosage of commonly used medications be administered to your child to avoid side-effects or more severe effects. Overdosing with over-the-counter medications can be dangerous and cause life threatening problems. The dosing calculators provided below will calculate the appropriate dosing for your child based on weight and age. Please remember to always use great caution when entering the information and double-check for accuracy. We are available to answer any questions or concerns you have regarding the appropriate dose.

Ibuprofen (Motrin®)

Dosage may be repeated every 6 to 8 months, but should not be given more than 4 times in 24 hours.(Note: Milliliter is abbreviated as ml; 5 ml equals 1 teaspoon [tsp]. Do not use household teaspoons, which can vary in size)
Ibuprofen (Motrin®)
Age * Weight † Drops 40mg/1.5ml Elixir 100mg/5ml Chewable Tablets
50mg tabs
Tablets
200mg
6-11 mos 12-17 lbs 1 dropper      
1-2 years 18-23 lbs 1 1/2 droppers      
2-3 years 24-35 lbs 2 droppers 1 tsp    
4-5 years 36-47 lbs   1 1/2 tsp 3 tabs  
6-8 years 48-59 lbs       1 tab
9-11 years 60-80 lbs       2 tabs
 * Age is provided as a convenience only. Dosing for fever should be based on baseline weight
 † Weight given is representative of the age range
 We do not recommend using aspirin to treat a simple fever

 

Acetaminophen (Tylenol®)

We recommend that you use the dropper or dosage cup that comes with your medicine to avoid over-dosage. Dosage recommendations on bottles may vary from the recommendation on these pages. We would like you to use our recommended dosages unless your doctor has given you a different dosage.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol®)
Age * Weight † Drops 80mg/0.8ml Elixir 160mg/5ml Chewable Tablets   80mg tabs Chewable Junior   160mg tabs Suppository 80mg Suppository 120mg Suppository 325mg
2-3 mos 10-11 lbs 1/2 dropper 0.4ml            
4-11 mos 12-17 lbs 1 dropper 0.8ml 1/2 tsp     1 supp    
12-23 mos 18-23 lbs 1 1/2 dppr. 1.2ml 3/4 tsp     1 1/2 supp 1 supp  
2-3 years 24-35 lbs 2 dppr. 1.6ml 1 tsp 2 tabs   2 supp 1 1/2 supp 1/2 supp
4-5 years 36-47 lbs   1 1/2 tsp 3 tabs       3/4 supp
6-8 years 48-59 lbs   2 tsp 4 tabs 2 tabs     1 supp
9-11 years 60-80 lbs   3 tsp 6 tabs 3 tabs      
May Give Every 4-6 hours 4-6 hours 4-6 hours 4-6 hours 4-6 hours 4-6 hours 4-6 hours
  Do not exceed 5 doses in 24 hours
  Aspirin should not be given to your child