Dosage Chart

For children ages 2 months and less, parents must call the physician.

Please be aware that there are an increasing number of acetaminophen and ibuprofen products available and some of the newer products have a different strength for their infant drops and children's' suspension. The doses provided below are based only on the strength that is shown (eg: Acetaminophen infant drops w/ concentration of 80 mg/0.8 ml). Please be sure to double check the strength of the product that you have to be sure you are giving an accurate dose of medication to your child.

*Be sure to use the dropper or dosing cup provided to ensure that your child receives the proper dose. The infant drops are stronger than the children's suspension and need to be dosed with the dropper to be sure not to give an overdose.

Weight Age Concentrated Infant's Drops 80mg/0.8ml* Children's Susp. 160mg/5ml* Children's Chewables 80mg Junior Strength Chewables 160mg
6-11 lbs 0-3 mo 0.4 m 1.25 ml- ---- ----
12-17 lbs 4-11 mo 0.8ml 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) ---- ----
18-23 lbs 12-23 mo 1.2ml (0.8 +0.4ml) 3/4tsp (3.75 ml) ---- ----
24-35 lbs 2-3 yrs 1.6ml (0.8+0.8ml) 1 tsp (5 ml) 2 tablets 1 tablet (160mg)
36-47 lbs 4-5 yrs ---- 1-1/2 tsp 3 tablets 1-1/2 tablet (240mg)
48-59 lbs 6-8 yrs ---- 2 tsp 4 tablets 2 tablets (320mg)
60-71 lbs 9-10 yrs ---- 2-1/2 tsp 5 tablets 2-1/2 tablets(400mg)
72-95lbs 11yrs ---- 3 tsp 6 tablets 3 tablets (480mg)
96 lbs & over 12 yrs ----- ----- ---- 4 tablets (640mg)

* Be sure to use the dropper or dosing cup provided to insure that your child receives the proper dose

Over 90 lbs you can give 1 adult exra strength acetaminophen.


Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) - Given every 6-8 hours

Weight Age Concentrated Infant's Drops 80mg/0.8ml* Children's Susp. 100mg/5ml* Children's Chewables 50mg Junior Strength Chewables 100mg
UNDER 6 MONTHS -- DO NOT USE
12-17 lbs 6-11 mo 1.25ml 1/2 ---- ----
18-23 lbs 12-23 mo 1.875 ml 3/4tsp ---- ----
24-35 lbs 2-3 yrs 2.5 ml 1 tsp 2 tablets(100mg) 1 tablet (100mg)
36-47 lbs 4-5 yrs ---- 1-1/2 tsp 3 tablets(150mg) 1-1/2 tablet (150mg)
48-59 lbs 6-8 yrs ---- 2 tsp 4 tablets(200mg) 2 tablets (200mg)
60-71 lbs 9-10 yrs ---- 2-1/2 tsp 5 tablets(250mg) 2-1/2 tablets(250mg)
72-95lbs 11yrs ---- 3 tsp 6 tablets(300mg) 3 tablets (300mg)

* Be sure to use the dropper or dosing cup provided to insure that your child receives the proper dose.

For children who can swallow pills: (Adult Ibuprofen is 200mg)

48-95 lbs give 1 adult ibuprofen 
> 96 lbs give 2 adult ibuprofen

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