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)
|Chewable 80 mg tablets||-||-||1½
|Chewable 160 mg tablets||-||-||-||1||1½
|Adult 325 mg tablets||-||-||-||-||-||1||1||1½
|Adult 500 mg tablets||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1||1||tab|
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.