Treating Fever

Sometimes you need to use medicine to help your child with fever or discomfort.  But when you look for the dose on the product label, you read, “Ask you doctor.”  You’ll find dosing help here.  Remember that Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are both dosed by weight for young children. Acetaminophen can be used down to 2 months age, but Ibuprofen should only be used down to 6 months age. Remember, if your child has unexplained symptoms or fever for more than a couple of days, you should make an appointment to have them seen.

Acetaminophen / Tylenol

May be given every 4 hours.

Childrens’ or Infants’ Liquid (160mg/5ml)

Weight Dose
8-11 pounds 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml)
12-17 pounds 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml)
18-23 pounds 3/4 teaspoon (3.75 ml)
24-35 pounds 1 teaspoon (5 ml)
36-47 pounds 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 ml)
48-59 pounds 2 teaspoons (10 ml)
60-71 pounds 2 1/2 teaspoons (12.5 ml)
72-95 pounds 3 teaspoons (15 ml)

Chewable Tablets (160 mg/ tablet)

Weight Dose
24-35 pounds 1 tablet
36-47 pounds 1 1/2 tablets
48-59 pounds 2 tablets
60-71 pounds 2 1/2 tablets
72-95 pounds 3 tablets

Ibuprofen / Motrin or Advil

May be given every 6 hours.

Infants’ Liquid (50 mg/1.25 ml)

Weight Dose
12-17 pounds 1.25 milliliters
18-23 pounds 1.875 milliliters

Childrens’ Liquid (100 mg/5 ml)

Weight Dose
24-35 pounds 1 teaspoon (5 ml)
36-47 pounds 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 ml)
48-59 pounds 2 teaspoons (10 ml)
60-71 pounds 2 1/2 teaspoons (12.5 ml)
72-95 pounds 3 teaspoons (15 ml)

Chewable Tablets (100 mg/ tablet)

Weight Dose
24-35 pounds 1 tablet
36-47 pounds 1 1/2 tablets
48-59 pounds 2 tablets
60-71 pounds 2 1/2 tablets
72-95 pounds 3 tablets

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