Dosage Info

Children’s Dosage Information

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tempra)
Every 4 hours for fever or pain
Child must be older than 2 months!
Weight   Liquid160 mg/5 ml 80mg chew tabs 325 mg tabs
6-11 lbs.   1.25 ml - -
12-17 lbs.   2.5 ml - -
18-23 lbs.   3.75 ml - -
24-35 lbs.   5 ml 2 tabs -
36-47 lbs.   7.5 ml 3 tabs -
48-59 lbs.   10 ml 4 tabs 1 tab
60-100 lbs.*   12.5 ml - 15 ml 5-6 tabs 1 - ½ tabs
Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
Every 6 hours for fever or pain
Child must be older than 4 months!
Weight Infant Drops50 mg/1.25 ml dropper Liquid100 mg/5 ml 50mg chew tabs 100 mg tabsChew/regular
12-17 lbs. 1.25 ml 2.5 ml 1 tab -
18-23 lbs. 1.875 ml 3.75 ml 1 - ½ tabs -
24-35 lbs. 2.5 ml 5 ml 2 tabs 1 tab
36-47 lbs. - 7.5 ml 3 tabs 1 - ½ tab
48-59 lbs. - 10 ml 4 tabs 2 tab
60-100 lbs.* - 12.5 ml - 15ml 5-6 tabs 2-3 tabs
Over-the-counter cold medications
Child must be older than 6 years for cough medications!
Weight DelsymLimit 2 doses in 24 hrs Claritin/ZyrtecLimit 1 dose in 24 hours for allergies
5 mg/5 ml
Benadryl Liquid12.5 mg/5 ml
For rash/insect bite or sting/allergies
Limit 4 does/24 hrs
18-23 lbs. - - 2.5 ml
24-35 lbs. - 2.5 ml 5 ml
36-47 lbs. - 5 ml 7.5 ml
48-59 lbs. 5 ml 7.5 ml 10 ml
60-100 lbs.* 7.5 ml 10 ml 12.5 ml - 15 ml

* If patient >100 lbs. and at least 12 years old, dose per adult ranges.
NOTE 1: Dosages for products not contained in this chart should be as directed on the package or by the pharmacist.
NOTE 2: We do not recommend alternating acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

Download our Cold and Cough Guide or contact our Pediatrics clinic for more information.