Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) Dose Table

When to Use: Treatment of fever and pain.
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) 12-17 18-23 24-35 36-47 48-59 60-71 72-95 96+ lbs
Infant Drops 50 mg/ 1.25 mL
1.25 1.875 2.5 3.75 5 - - - mL
Liquid 100 mg/ 5 milliliters (mL) 2.5 4 5 7.5 10 12.5 15 20 mL
Chewable 50 mg tablets - - 1 2

3
4 tabs
Junior-strength 100 mg tablets - - - - 2 3 4
tabs
Adult 200 mg tablets - - - - 1 1 2 tabs

Table Notes:

Age Limits: Don't use under 6 months of age unless told by your child's doctor. Reason: safety not established and not approved by FDA. 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.
Infant Drops: Ibuprofen infant drops come with a syringe.
How Often: Repeat every 6-8 hours as needed.
Brand Names: Motrin, Advil, generic ibuprofen
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.