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Drug Dosages

Below are recommended doses for several common products. Please always check the label for the type of medicine you are giving as well as to check the dosage. If you have any questions as to the correct dosage, please phone us during office hours or email us your questions via our patient portal.

Also important is knowing how to convert teaspoons to milliliters. The following is a brief guide:

Teaspoon = tsp.; milliliters = ml.; tablespoon = tbsp.


Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in Tylenol. It is used as a pain reliever and fever reducer. It should NOT be used in children under 2 months of age. If your child requires acetaminophen for longer than three days, please contact the office.

The following products can be used every 4-6 hours as needed:

Weight Infant and Children's 
Acetaminophen Suspension
(160mg/5ml.)
Tylenol Chewable
(80 mg)
6-11 lbs. 14 tsp or 1.25 ml. -----
12-17 lbs. 12 tsp or 2.5 ml. -----
18-23 lbs. 34 tsp or 3.75 ml. -----
24-35 lbs. 1 tsp or 5 ml. 2 tabs
36-47 lbs. 1 12 tsp. 3 tabs
48-59 lbs. 2 tsp. 4 tabs
60-71 lbs. 2 12 tsp. 5 tabs
72-95 lbs. 3 tsp. 6 tabs

Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is the active ingredient in Advil and Motrin. Ibuprofen is used to decrease pain and swelling and to reduce fevers. Ibuprofen should not be used in children less than 6 months old without discussing first with your practitioner.

All of these products can be given every 6 - 8 hours as needed:

Weight Infant's
Ibuprofen Drops
(50mg/1.25ml)
Children's Ibuprofen (100mg/5ml) Children's Ibuprofen Chewable
(50mg)
Junior Strength Ibuprofen Chewable
or Tabs (100mg)
12-17 lbs.
greater than 6 mos only
1.25 ml. 12 tsp. ----- -----
18-23 lbs. 1.87 ml. 34 tsp. ----- -----
24-35 lbs. 2.5 ml. 1 tsp. ----- -----
36-47 lbs. ----- 1 12 tsp. 3 tabs -----
48-59 lbs. ----- 2 tsp. 4 tabs 2 tabs
60-71 lbs. ----- 2 12 tsp. 5 tabs 2 12 tabs

Benadryl

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is used for hives and to reduce the itchiness associated with certain rashes.

Benadryl can be given every 6 - 8 hours as needed. Benadryl can cause drowsiness, dizziness, or paradoxical excitement.

Weight Benadryl Elixir
(12.5mg/5ml)
Benadryl Chewable
(12.5 mg)
Benadryl Tabs
(25 mg)
12-17 lbs. 2.5 ml ----- -----
18-23 lbs. 3.75 ml ----- -----
24-35 lbs. 5 ml 1 tab -----
36-47 lbs. 7.5 ml 1 12 tab -----
48-59 lbs. 10 ml 2 tab 1 tab