Dosing Information

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Acetaminophen Dosage Chart

Acetaminophen can help soothe your child’s fever and relieve pain. Use our age-by-age guide to find out how much medicine is safe for your baby or child.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Feverall, and Tempra) is an over-the-counter fever-reducer and pain-reliever. This chart, based on your child’s weight, can help determine the right dosage amount, but is no substitute for your provider’s advice, and you should always call your provider with any questions. Use the following tips to keep your child safe and avoid overdosing:

  • Always read the label to determine which concentration you have, and dose accordingly.
  • Infants’ and children’s acetaminophen are now the same concentration (160 mg/5 ml), but it’s possible to find a product with the older, stronger concentration (80 mg/0.8 ml). If you have any questions, please contact your provider.
  • Give every four hours as needed. Don’t exceed five doses in 24 hours.
  • Don’t give acetaminophen to babies under 3 months without calling your provider first.
  • Always use the measuring device (dropper or measuring cup) that comes with the medication or you could risk overdosing. Never use droppers from different medications or spoons from the kitchen.
  • Always put your medicine up and away and out of sight to avoid accidental ingestion by curious children.
  • Never given adult medicines to children.
Child’s Weight Infant Drops
(80 mg/ 0.8 ml)
Old Concentration-via dropper
Infants’ Acetaminophen
(160 mg/ 5ml)
New Concentration- via syringe
6-11 lbs 0.4 ml
12-17 lbs 0.8 ml 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml)
18-23 lbs 1.2 ml 3/4 teaspoon (3.75 ml)
24-35 lbs 1.6 ml 1 teaspoon (5 ml)

 

Child’s Weight Old Concentration-via dropper Children’s Acetaminophen
160 mg/5 ml
12-17 lbs N/A 2.5 ml
18-23 lbs N/A 3.75 ml
25-35 lbs N/A 5 ml
36-47 lbs N/A 7.5 ml
48-59 lbs N/A 10 ml
60-71 lbs N/A 12.5 ml
72-95 lbs N/A 15 ml