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Dosing charts for children’s fever and pain medicines

Download and print these dosing charts for children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen—and keep them wherever your store your child’s medicines.

Important Instructions for Acetaminophen
You may repeat the dose every 4 hours while symptoms last
Do NOT give more than 5 doses in 24 hours
Do NOT use with any other product containing acetaminophen

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Important Instructions for Ibuprofen
You may repeat the dose every 6 to 8 hours while symptoms last
Do NOT give more than 4 doses in 24 hours
Talk to your child's doctor before giving any other product containing an NSAID*

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Acetaminophen
If possible, use weight to dose; otherwise use age.
Important Instructions
You may repeat the dose every 4 hours while symptoms last
Do NOT give more than 5 doses in 24 hours
Do NOT use with any other product containing acetaminophen
mL = milliliter mg = milligram
Infants' acetaminophen drops
for example Infants' Tylenol® Oral Suspension 160 mg per 5 mL
6-23 lbs
0-23 mos
Today's date __/__/__
_________ mL
Ask your doctor for the right dose (expires in 14 days)
24-35 lbs 2-3 yrs
5 mL
Children's acetaminophen liquid
for example Children's Tylenol® Oral Suspension 160 mg per 5 mL
6-23 lbs 0-23 mos
Ask a doctor
24-35 lbs 2-3 yrs
5 mL
36-47 lbs 4-5 yrs
7.5 mL
48-59 lbs 6-8 yrs
10 mL
60-71 lbs 9-10 yrs
12.5 mL
72-95 lbs 11 yrs
15 mL
Children's 80 mg acetaminophen tablets 80 mg per chewable tablet
6-23 lbs 0-23 mos
Ask a doctor
24-35 lbs 2-3 yrs
2 chewables
36-47 lbs 4-5 yrs
3 chewables
48-59 lbs 6-8 yrs
4 chewables
60-71 lbs 9-10 yrs
5 chewables
72-95 lbs 11 yrs
6 chewables
Children's or Junior 160 mg acetaminophen tablets 160 mg per chewable tablet
6-47 lbs
0-5 yrs
Ask a doctor
48-59 lbs 6-8 yrs
2 chewables
60-71 lbs 9-10 yrs
2½ chewables
72-95 lbs 11 yrs
3 chewables
Ibuprofen
If possible, use weight to dose; otherwise use age.
Important Instructions
You may repeat the dose every 6 to 8 hours while symptoms last
Do NOT give more than 4 doses in 24 hours
Talk to your child's doctor before giving any other product containing any NSAID
mL = milliliter mg = milligram

Infants' ibuprofen concentrated drops for example Infants' Motrin® or Advil® Concentrated Drops 50 mg per 1.25 mL


<6 mos
Ask a doctor
12-17 lbs 6-11 mos
1.25 mL
18-23 lbs 12-23 mos
1.875 mL

Children's ibuprofen liquid for example Children's Motrin® or Advil® Oral Suspension 100 mg per 5 mL

-23 lbs
<6-23 mos
Ask a doctor
24-35 lbs 2-3 yrs
5 mL
36-47 lbs 4-5 yrs
7.5 mL
48-59 lbs 6-8 yrs
10 mL
60-71 lbs 9-10 yrs
12.5 mL
72-95 lbs 11 yrs
15 mL

Junior strength ibuprofen chewables for example Junior Strength Advil® Chewables 100 mg per chewables

-47 lbs
<6 mos - 5yrs
Ask a doctor
48-59 lbs 6-8 yrs
2 chewables
60-71 lbs 9-10 yrs
2½ chewables
72-95 lbs 11 yrs
3 chewables

Junior strength ibuprofen tablets 100 mg per tablet for example Junior Strength Advil® Tablets 100 mg per tablet

-47 lbs
<6 mos - 5yrs
Ask a doctor
48-59 lbs 6-8 yrs
2 tablets
60-71 lbs 9-10 yrs
2 tablets
72-95 lbs 11 yrs
3 tablets

What you can do to dose your child’s medicine correctly and safely

  • Always read and follow the medicine label

  • Reread the directions before every dose; don’t try to rely on memory. As children grow, their doses change over time

  • Use the dosing device that came with the medicine. Kitchen teaspoons or other tableware will not provide the right dose. Tip: Keep the medicine carton so you can store the bottle and the device together

  • Wait the full amount of time between doses. Giving another dose too soon could lead to serious side effects

  • Write down all doses given—and use a medicine tracker. Share this with your child’s other caregivers so no one repeats a dose or re-doses too soon

Keep your home safe for kids

Prevent medicine-related accidents

Track doses to help keep kids safe*

Use this sheet to avoid re-dosing too soon

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