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Medication Dosing Charts

  • DOSAGE: Determine by finding the child’s WEIGHT in the first column of the dosing 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, as regular spoons are not reliable.
  • 1 level teaspoon equals 5mL. 1/2 teaspoon equals 2.5mL.
  • Avoid multi-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age (FDA recommendations 1/2008).
  • Please note: These are guidelines only and don’t constitute medical advice.

Ibuprofen Dosing Chart

Child’s Weight
(pounds)
Infant Drops
(50mg per 1.25mL)
Liquid
(100mg per 5mL/teaspoon)
Chewable
50mg tablets
Junior-Strength
100mg tablets
Adult-Strength
200 mg tablets
Ibuprofen FAQ
12 to 17 1.25mL 2.5mL
1/2 teaspoon
1
  • BRAND NAMES: Advil, Motrin, generic ibuprofen
  • INDICATIONS: Treats fever and pain.
  • FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6-8 hours as needed.
  • AGE LIMIT: Don’t use under 6 months unless directed by doctor. (Reason: Safety not established and doesn’t have FDA approval).
  • ADULT DOSAGE: 400mg
18 to 23 1.875mL 3.75mL
3/4 teaspoon
1.5
24 to 35 2.5mL 5mL
1 teaspoon
2
36 to 47 3.75mL 7.5mL
1-1/2 teaspoons
3
48 to 59 5mL 10mL
2 teaspoons
4 2 1
60 to 71 12.5mL
2-1/2 teaspoons
5 2-1/2 1
72 to 95 15mL
3 teaspoons
6 3 1-1/2
96+ 20mL
4 teaspoons
8 4 2
Acetaminophen Dosing Chart

Child’s Weight
(pounds)
Syrup
(160mg per 5mL/1 teaspoon)
Chewable
80mg tablets
Chewable
160mg tablets
Adult
325 mg tablets
Adult
500 mg tablets
Acetaminophen FAQ
6 to 11 1.25mL
  • BRAND NAMES: Tylenol, Feverall (suppositories), generic acetaminophen
  • INDICATIONS: Treats fever and pain.
  • FREQUENCY: Repeat every 4-6 hours as needed. Don’t give more than 5 times a day.
  • AGE LIMIT: Don’t use under 12 WEEKS of age. (Reason: Fever during the first 12 weeks of life needs to be documented in a medical setting and requires a complete evaluation.) EXCEPTION: Fever from immunization if the child is 8 WEEKS of age or older.
  • ADULT DOSAGE: 600mg (maximum of 3,000mg in a 24-hour period)
12 to 17 2.5mL
1/2 teaspoon
18 to 23 3.75mL
3/4 teaspoon
1/2
24 to 35 5mL
1 teaspoon
2
36 to 47 7.5mL
1-1/2 teaspoon
3
48 to 59 10mL
2 teaspoons
4 2 1
60 to 71 12.5mL
2-1/2 teaspoon
5 2-1/2 1
72 to 95 15mL
3 teaspoon
6 3 1-1/2 1
96+ 20mL
4 teaspoon
8 4 2 1
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Dosing Chart — Please contact doctor if under 12 months of age

Child’s Weight
(pounds)
Liquid
(12.5mg per 5mL/1 teaspoon)
Chewable
12.5mg tablets
Tablets
25mg
Capsules
25mg
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) FAQ
20 to 24
(Over 12 months of age)
3.75mL
3/4 teaspoon
  • BRAND NAME: Benadryl
  • INDICATIONS: Treatment of allergic reactions, nasal allergies, hives and itching.
  • FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6 hours as needed.
  • AGE LIMITS: For allergies, don’t use under 1 year of age. (Reason: It’s a sedative). For colds, not recommended at any age (Reason: No proven benefits) and should be avoided if under 4 years old. Avoid multi-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age. (Reason: FDA recommendations 10/2008).
  • ADULT DOSAGE: 50 mg.
  • CHILDREN’S BENADRYL FASTMELTS: Each fastmelt tablet contains the equivalent of 12.5 mg of Diphenhydramine HCL and is dosed the same as chewable tablets.
25 to 37 5mL
1 teaspoon
1 chewable tablet 1/2 tablet
38 to 49 7.5mL
1-1/2 teaspoon
1-1/2 chewable tablets 1/2 tablet
50 to 99 10mL
2 teaspoons
2 chewable tablets 1 tablet 1 capsule
100+ 4 chewable tablets 2 tablets 2 capsules