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Medication dosing

Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin (ibuprofen) are two medications that might help you relieve your child's fever, or minor aches and pains. It is important to not exceed the recommended doses of these medications. Whenever possible, choose your child's dose by weight. If you do not know a child's weight, dose by age.

Tylenol

Take every four hours as needed. Do not exceed five doses in 24 hours.

Weight Age  Dose 
6-11 pounds 0-3 months 1.25 mL
12-17 pounds 4-11 months 2.5 mL
18-23 pounds 12-23 months 3.75 mL
24-35 pounds 2-3 years 5 mL
36-47 pounds 4-5 years 7.5 mL
48-59 pounds 6-8 years 10 mL
60-71 pounds  9-10 years 12.5 mL
72-95 pounds 11 years 15 mL

Motrin

Take every six to eight hours as needed. Do not exceed more than four doses in 24 hours.

Weight Age Dose
6-11 pounds 0-5 months Do not use
12-17 pounds 6-11 months 1.25 mL
18-23 pounds 12-23 months 1.875 mL
24-35 pounds 2-3 years 5 mL
36-47 pounds 4-5 years 7.5 mL
48-59 pounds 6-8 years 10 mL
60-71 pounds 9-10 years 12.5 mL
72-95 pounds 11 years 15 mL