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Child's Weight (pounds) 12-17  18-23  24-35  36-47  48-59  60-71  72-95  96+  lbs

Infant Drops 50 mg/1.25 mL

1.25 1.875  2.5  3.75  -- --  --  ml
Liquid 100 mg/1 teaspoon (tsp) 1/2 3/4 1 1 1/2 2 2 1/2 tsp
Liquid 100 mg/5 milliliters (ml) 2.5 4 5 7.5 10 12.5 15 20 ml
Chewable 50 mg Tablets -- -- 2 3 4 5 6 8 tabs
Junior-strength 100 mg tablets -- -- -- -- 2 2 1/2 3 4 tabs
Adult 200 mg Tablets -- -- -- -- 1 1 1 1/2 2 tabs

Indications: Treatment of fever and pain.

Table Notes:

  • AGE LIMIT: Don't use under 6 months of age unless directed by child's doctor. (Reason: safety not established and doesn't have FDA approval). Avoid multi-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age (FDA recommendations 1/2008).
  • DOSAGE: Determine by finding child's weight in the top row 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 teaspoon equals 2.5 ml.
  • IBUPROFEN DROPS: Ibuprofen infant drops come with a measuring syringe
  • BRAND NAMES: Motrin, Advil, generic ibuprofen
  • ADULT DOSAGE: 400 mg
  • FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6-8 hours as needed

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Last Updated
5/11/2013
Source
Adapted from My Child Is Sick! Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries (Copyright © 2011 Barton D. Schmitt, MD, FAAP)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.