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Dosage Charts

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.

 Infant’s Concentrated Drops 160mg/5mLChildren’s Suspension Liquid 160mg/5mLChildren’s Soft Chewable Tablets 80mg eachJunior Strength Chewable Tablets 160mg each
WeightAge TeaspoonTabletTablet
12-17 lbs4-11 mos2.5mltsp.  
18-23 lbs12-23 mos3.75mltsp.  
24-35 lbs2-3 yrs5ml1 tsp.2 
36-47 lbs4-5 yrs 1 tsp.3 
48-59 lbs6-8 yrs 2 tsp.42
60-71 lbs9-10 yrs 2 tsp.52
72-95 lbs11 yrs 3 tsp.63
96 lbs & over12 yrs   4

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

Ibuprofen Dosage

  Infant’s Ibuprofen Concentrated Drops 50mg/1.25mL Children’s Ibuprofen Suspension 100mg/5mL Children’s Soft Chewable Tablets 50mg each Junior Strength Chewable Tablets 100mg eachJunior Strength Ibupofen Caplets 100mg
WeightAgeDropperful (Use dropper)TeaspoonTabletTabletCaplet
12-17 lbs6-11 mos1=(1.25 mL)    
18-23 lbs12-23 mos1 =(1.875 mL)    
24-35 lbs2-3 yrs2=(2.5 mL)1 tsp.2  
36-47 lbs4-5 yrs 1 tsp.3  
48-59 lbs6-8 yrs 2 tsp.422
60-71 lbs9-10 yrs 2 tsp.522
72-95 lbs11 yrs 3 tsp.633

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

  • Milliliter is abbreviated as mL; 5mL 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.