Ibuprofen (i.e., Motrin®, Advil®) is an over-the-counter
medicine used to reduce fever and relieve pain. This chart, based on your
child's weight, can help determine the right dosage amount, but is no
substitute for your pediatrician's advice.
Age limit: Don't use under 6 months of age unless directed by your child's pediatrician, because safety has not established and doesn't have FDA approval. Avoid multi-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age.
Dosage: Determine by finding child's weight in the top row of the dosage table.
Measuring the dosage (should be in metric units): Dosing syringes are more accurate than household utensils. Use the syringe or device that comes with the medication. If not available with the medication, medicine syringes are available at pharmacies. Household spoons are not reliable. Note: 1 level teaspoon equals 5 mL and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 mL.
Ibuprofen drops: Ibuprofen infant drops come with a measuring syringe
Adult dosage: 400 mg
Frequency: Repeat every 6-8 hours as needed.
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