Dosage Charts

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 each

Junior Strength Ibupofen Caplets
100mg

Weight
Age
Dropperful
(Use dropper)
Teaspoon
Tablet
Tablet
Caplet
12-17 lbs
6-11 mos
1=(1.25 mL)
       
18-23 lbs
12-23 mos
1 ½=(1.875 mL)
       
24-35 lbs
2-3 yrs
2=(2.5 mL)
1 tsp.
2
   
36-47 lbs
4-5 yrs
 
1½ tsp.
3
   
48-59 lbs
6-8 yrs
 
2 tsp.
4
2
2
60-71 lbs
9-10 yrs
 
2 ½ tsp.
5
2 ½
2 ½
72-95 lbs
11 yrs
 
3 tsp.
6
3
3

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.

 

Infant and Children’s Acetaminophen*

Child’s Weight

Dose

 

 

Children’s/Infant's liquid

(160mg/5ml)

Children’s chewables (80 mg)

Jr. Meltaways or Chewables
  (160mg)

Adult Regular

Strength (325 mg)

6 to 11 lbs

40 mg

 

1.25 ml in syringe

 

 

 

12 to 17 lbs

80 mg

 

2.5 ml in syringe

1 tablet

 

 

18 to 23 lbs

120 mg

 

3.75 ml in syringe

1 ½ tablets

 

 

24 to 35 lbs

160 mg

 

5 ml in syringe

2 tablets

1 tablet/meltaway

 

36 to 47 lbs

240 mg

 

7.5 ml in syringe

3 tablets

1 ½ tablet /meltaway

 

48 to 59 lbs

320 mg

 

10 ml in syringe

4 tablets

2 tablets/meltaways

 

60 to 71 lbs

400 mg

 

12.5 ml in syringe

5 tablets

2 ½ tablets/meltaways

1 tablet

72 to 95 lbs

480 mg

 

15 ml in syringe

6 tablets

3 tablets/meltaways

1 – 1 ½ tablets

96+ lbs

640 mg

 

20 ml in syringe

8 tablets

4 tablets/meltaways

2 tablets

Safety Tips:

  1. Check the packaging carefully to ensure you know which concentration you have. Do not confuse the Infant drops with the Children’s liquid.
  2. Do not give acetaminophen to an infant under 3 months old without a doctor’s approval.
  3. Always use the measuring device that comes with the medicine, or ask your pharmacist for an oral syringe.
  4. The proper dose is based on weight, not age. To weigh a very young child, weigh yourself holding the child, then weigh yourself. Subtract your weight from the combined weight.
  5. Do not exceed five doses in 24 hours.

* Acetaminophen is the drug name. Some brand names are Tylenol, Triaminic, PediaCare and Little Fevers. Be careful of products that are combination medicines or offer multiple symptom relief, they may contain acetaminophen as well.