Dosing Information

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Infants’ & Children’s Tylenol Dosing Information

Tylenol (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.
  • 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.
Weight Age Infants’ Tylenol
(160 mg / 5 ml)
Children’s Tylenol
(160 mg / 5 ml)
6-11 lbs 0-3 mos 1.25 mL
12-17 lbs 4-11 mos 2.5 mL
18-23 lbs 12-23 mos 3.75 mL
24-35 lbs 2-3 yrs 5 ml or 1 tsp 5 ml or 1 tsp
36-47 lbs 4-5 yrs 7.5 ml or 1.5 tsp
48-59 lbs 6-8 yrs 10 ml or 2 tsp
60-71 lbs 9-10 yrs 12.5 ml or 2.5 tsp
72-95 lbs 11 yrs 15 ml or 3 tsp

Infants’ & Children’s Motrin Dosing Information

  • Read and follow the label instructions on all Motrin products.
  • If possible, use weight to dose; otherwise, use age.
  • Only use the dosing device provided with the medicine. Do not use any other dosing device.
  • If needed, repeat dose every 6-8 hours. But, do not use more than 4 times a day.
  • Do NOT administer longer than 10 days, unless directed by a doctor.
  • Do not give more than directed.
  • Ask a provider before use if the child is taking any other drug containing an NSAID (prescription or non-prescription)
  • Motrin contains Ibuprofen.
  • Shake well before using.
Weight Age Concentrated Motrin Infants’ Drops
(50 mg / 1.25 mL)
Children’s Motrin Suspension
(100 mg / 5 mL or 1 tsp)
Motrin Junior Strength Easy-to-Swallow Caplets
(100 mg / caplet)
Motrin Junior Strength Chewable Tablets
(100 mg / tablet)
6-11 lbs 0-5 mos
12-17 lbs 6-11 mos 1.25 mL
18-23 lbs 12-23 mos 1.875 mL
24-35 lbs 2-3 yrs 1 tsp or
5 mL
1
tablet
36-47 lbs 4-5 yrs 1.5 tsp or
7.5 mL
1.5
tablets
48-59 lbs 6-8 yrs 2 tsp or
10 mL
2
caplets
2
tablets
60-71 lbs 9-10 yrs 2.5 tsp or
12.5 mL
2.5
caplets
2.5
tablets
72-95 lbs 11 yrs 3 tsp /
15 mL
3
caplets
3
tablets

Children’s Benadryl Dosing Information

  • Read and follow the label instructions on all Benadryl products.
  • Use weight to dose.
  • Only use the dosing device provided with the medicine. Do not use any other dosing device.
  • If needed, repeat dose every 4-6 hours. But, do not use more than 6 doses in 24 hours.
  • Do not give more than directed and use only as directed.
Weight Children’s Liquid Suspension
(12.5 mg / 5 mL)
Children’s Chewable Tablets
(12.5 mg / tablet)
Children’s Meltaway Strips
(12.5 mg / meltaway)
11 lbs to
16 lbs, 7 oz
1/2 tsp or 2.5 mL
16 lbs, 8oz to
21 lbs, 15 oz
3/4 tsp or 3.75 mL
22 lbs to
26 lbs, 7 oz
1 tsp or 5 mL 1
tablet
1
meltaway
27 lbs, 8 oz to
32 lbs, 15 oz
1 tsp or 5 mL 1
tablet
1
meltaway
33 lbs to
37 lbs, 7 oz
1.5 tsp or 7.5 mL 1
tablet
1
meltaway
38 lbs, 8 oz to
43 lbs, 15 oz
1.75 tsp or 87.5 mL 1
tablet
1
meltaway
44 lbs to
54 lbs, 15 oz
2 tsp or 10 mL 2
tablets
2
meltaways
55 lbs to
65 lbs, 15 oz
2.5 tsp 2
tablets
2
meltaways
66 lbs to
76 lbs, 15 oz
3 tsp 2
tablets
2
meltaways
77 lbs to
87 lbs, 15 oz
3.5 tsp 2
tablets
2
meltaways
88 lbs + 4 tsp 4
tablets
4
meltaways