MEDICATION DOSAGES

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Feverall, Tempra, etc.)

Give every 4 to 6 hours, as needed, no more than 5 times in 24 hours (unless directed by your healthcare provider).

Child’s Weight Child’s Age Infant’s Liquid
160 mg in 5ml (1tsp)
Children’s Liquid
160 mg in 5 mlDose Cup
(1 tsp)
Children’s Tablets
80 mg in each tab
Junior
Strength
160 mg in each tab
6-11 lbs (2.7-5 kg) 0-3 mos 1.25 ml —– —– —–
12-17 lbs (5.5-7.7 kg) 4-11 mos 2.5 ml 1/2 tsp —– —–
18-23 lbs (8.2-10.5 kg) 12-23 mos 3.75 ml 3/4 tsp 1 1/2 tabs —–
24-35 lbs (10.9-15.9 kg) 2-3 yrs 5 ml 1 tsp 2 tabs 1 tab
36-47 lbs (16.4-21.4 kg) 4-5 yrs —– 1 1/2 tsp 3 tabs 1 1/2 tabs
48-59 lbs (21.8-26.8 kg) 6-8 yrs —– 2 tsp 4 tabs 2 tabs
60-71 lbs (27.3-32.3 kg) 9-10 yrs —– 21/2 tsp 5 tabs 2 1/2 tabs
72-95 lbs (32.7-43.2 kg) 11 yrs —– 3 tsp 6 tabs 3 tabs

 

Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc.)

Give every 6 to 8 hours, as needed, no more than 4 times in 24 hours (unless directed by your healthcare provider).

Child’s Weight Child’s Age Infant’s Drops
50 mg in 1.25 ml
Children’s Liquid
100 mg in 5 ml
Dose Cup(1 tsp)
Children’s Tablets
80 mg in each tab
Junior
Strength
160 mg in each tab
less than 11 lbs (5 kg) 0-5 mos N/A N/A N/A N/A
12-17 lbs (5.5-7.7 kg) 6-11 mos 1.25 ml N/A —– —–
18-23 lbs (8.2-10.5 kg) 12-23 mos 1.875 ml N/A —– —–
24-35 lbs (10.9-15.9 kg) 2-3 yrs —– 1 tsp 2 tabs —–
36-47 lbs (16.4-21.4 kg) 4-5 yrs —– 1 1/2 tsp 3 tabs —–
48-59 lbs (21.8-26.8 kg) 6-8 yrs —– 2 tsp 4 tabs 2 tabs
60-71 lbs (27.3-32.3 kg) 9-10 yrs —– 21/2 tsp 5 tabs 2 1/2 tabs
72-95 lbs (32.7-43.2 kg) 11 yrs —– 3 tsp 6 tabs 3 tabs

Benadryl Antihistamine/Allergy Relief

DIPHENHYDRAMINE (Brand Name: Benadryl)
Benadryl is an antihistamine, so it can be used for allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis or hives, as well as nasal allergies and cold symptoms. It can be given every 6 hours. Benadryl comes in Children’s liquid suspension, Children’s Chewable tablets, Children’s Meltaway strips or adult tablets.

Child’s Weight Children’s Liquid SuspensionDose Cup Children’s Chewable tablets Children’s Meltaway strips
(12.5 mg/5 ml) (12.5 mg) (12.5 mg)
11 lb to
16 lb, 7 oz
½ tsp or 2.5 ml X X
16 lb, 8 oz to
21 lb, 15 oz
¾ tsp or 3.75 ml X X
22 lb to
26 lb, 7 oz
1 tsp or 5 ml 1 tablet 1 Meltaway
27 lb, 8 oz to
32 lb, 15 oz
1¼ tsp or 6.25 ml 1 tablet 1 Meltaway
33 lb to
37 lb, 7 oz
1½ tsp or 7.5 ml 1 tablet 1 Meltaway
38 lb, 8 oz to
43 lb, 15 oz
1¾ tsp or 8.75 ml 1 tablet 1 Meltaway
44 lb to
54 lb, 15 oz
2 tsp or 10 ml 2 chewable tabs 2 Meltaways
55 lb to
65 lb,15 oz
2½ tsp 2 chewable tabs 2 Meltaways
66 lb to
76 lb, 15 oz
3 tsp 2 chewable tabs 2 Meltaways
77 lb to
87 lb, 5 oz
3½ tsp 2 chewable tabs 2 Meltaways
88 lb + 4 tsp 4 chewable tabs 4 Meltaways

Table Notes:

  • AGE LIMITS: For emergency use, please administer Benadryl in consultation with a physician. For routine use, avoid diphenhydramine under 6 years of age unless instructed by healthcare provider. Non-sedating alternatives (eg, loratadine, cetirizine, fexofenadine) are available over-the-counter and are safer for young children.
  • DOSAGE: Determine by finding child’s weight in the first column of the dosage table
    MEASURING the DOSAGE: Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medication. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. Regular spoons are not reliable. Also, remember that 1 level teaspoon equals 5 mL and that ½ a teaspoon equals 2.5 mL.
  • FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6 hours as needed
  • ADULT DOSAGE: 50 mg
  • CHILDREN’S BENADRYL FASTMELTS: Each fastmelt tablet contains the equivalent of 12.5 mg of Diphenhydramine HCL and dosed the same as chewable tablets
  • RISK of SIDE EFFECTS: May cause drowsiness and paradoxical excitatory behavior. Use caution when driving or operating heavy machinery after dosing due to potential for sedation and decreased alertness. This is especially relevant for teen drivers.

These tables indicate maximum recommended dosages. Please do not hesitate to call our office if you have any questions.