Fever Medication: Dosage Charts

Acetaminophen Dosage Chart

Dosages may be repeated every four hours, but should not be given more than five times in twenty- four hours. (Note:Milliliter is abbreviated as mL; 5 mL equals 1 teaspoon [tsp]. Don?t use household teaspoons, which can vary in size.) Be sure to read the label to make sure you are using the right product.

*: Note: Age is provided as a convenience only. Dosing for fever should be based on current weight.
†: Weight given is representative of the age range.
Age* Weight Infant Drops
80 mg/0.8 mL
Children's Elixir
160 mg/5 mL
Chewable Tablets
80 mg tabs
0-5 mos. 6-11 lbs.
(2.7-5 kg)
0.4 mL - -
6-11 mos. 12-17 lbs.
(5.5-7.7 kg)
0.8 mL ½ tsp 1 tab
1-2 yrs.

18-23 lbs.
(8.2-10.5 kg)

1.2 mL ¾ tsp 1½ tabs
2-3 yrs. 24-35 lbs.
(10.9-15.9 kg)
1.6 mL 1 tsp 2 tabs
4-5 yrs. 36-47 lbs.
(16.3?21.4 kg)
2.4 mL 1½ tsps 3 tabs

Ibuprofen Dosage Chart

Dosages may be repeated every six to eight hours, but should not be given more than four times in twenty- four hours. (Note: Milliliter is abbreviated as mL; 5 mL equals 1 teaspoon [tsp]. Don?t use household teaspoons, which can vary in size.) Be sure to read the label to make sure you are using the right product.

*: Note: Age is provided as a convenience only. Dosing for fever should be based on current weight.
†: Weight given is representative of the age range.
Age* Weight Infant Drops
50 mg/1.25 mL
Children's Elixir
100 mg/5 mL
Chewable Tablets
50 mg tabs
6-11 mos. 12-17 lbs.
(5.5-7.7 kg)
1.25 mL 2.5 mL -
1-2 yrs. 18-23 lbs.
(8.2-10.5 kg)
1.875 mL 3.75 mL 1 tablet
2-3 yrs. 24-35 lbs.
(10.9-15.9 kg)
2.5 mL 5 mL 2 tablets
4-5 yrs. 36-47 lbs.
(16.3-21.4 kg)
- 7.5 mL 3 tablets
Source:Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 (Copyright 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics)