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Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

When to Use: Treatment of fever and pain.
Caution: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be found in many prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Read the labels to be sure your child is not getting it from 2 products. If you have questions, call us.
How to Use Dose Table: Find the child's weight in the top row of the dose table. Look below the correct weight for the dose based on the product you have.

Child's weight (pounds) 6-11 12-17 18-23 24-35 36-47 48-59 60-71 72-95 96+ lbs
Liquid 160 mg/ 5 milliliters (mL)
1.25 2.5 3.75 5 7.5 10 12.5 15 20 mL
Chewable 80 mg tablets - -
2 3 4 5 6 8 tabs
Chewable 160 mg tablets - - - 1
2
3 4 tabs
Adult 325 mg tablets - - - - - 1 1
2 tabs
Adult 500 mg tablets - - - - - - - 1 1 tab

Table Notes:

Age Limits: Don't use under 12 weeks of age unless told by child's doctor. Reason: fever in the first 12 weeks of life needs to be seen now. If present, your baby needs a medical exam now. Exception: Fever starting within 24 hours of vaccines if child is 8 weeks of age or older. If under 6 years, don't give products with more than one ingredient in them (FDA recommendation 2008).
Measuring Dose: Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medicine. If not, you can get a med syringe at drug stores. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. Reason: regular spoons are not reliable. Keep in mind 1 level teaspoon equals 5 mL and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 mL.
How Often: Repeat every 4-6 hours as needed. Don't give more than 5 times a day.
Brand Names: Tylenol, Feverall (suppositories), generic acetaminophen
Meltaways: Tabs that dissolve come in 80 mg and 160 mg (jr. strength)
Suppositories: Come in 80, 120, 325 and 650 mg. The rectal dose is the same as the dose given by mouth.
Extended-Release: Do not use 650 mg oral products in children.
Use in Countries Outside the U.S.: Dose tables are based on U.S. products. Concentrations may vary in countries outside the U.S. Always check the concentration is the same before using this dose table.