Medicine / Dosages


NOTE: New Concentration for Infants. In accordance with FDA recommendations, acetaminophen manufacturers have changed the concentration of infant acetaminophen from 80mg/0.8ml to 160mg/5ml. Be aware that there may be both the old and new concentrations of infants' acetaminophen products available in stores and in medicine cabinets. The pediatric acetaminophen products currently on the market can continue to be used as labeled. Be sure to check the label or contact our office should you have questions. More Information

Acetaminophen

 
Do not exceed 5 doses in 24 hours  May Give Every  10-11 lbs.
2-3 mo. 
12-17 lbs.
4-11 mo. 
18-23 lbs.
12-23 mo. 
24-35 lbs.
2-3 yr. 
36-47 lbs.
4-5 yr. 
48-59 lbs.
6-8 yr. 
60-85 lbs.
9-11 yr. 
NEW INFANT
CONCENTRATION
(Suspension) Check Bottle!
160mg/5ml
4 - 6 hours 1.25 ml 2.5 ml
1/2 tsp.
3.75 ml
3/4 tsp
5 ml
1 tsp.
1 1/2 tsp. 2 tsp. 2 1/2 tsp.
(3 tsp if
over 72 lbs)
Chewable or
Meltaway Junior
160 mg
4 - 6 hours            2 tab.  2 1/2 tabs
(3 tabs if
over 72 lbs.) 
Chewable or
Meltaway
80 mg tablets
4 - 6 hours        2 tab.  3 tab.  4 tab.  5 tab.
(6 tab over
72 lbs.) 
OLD INFANT
CONCENTRATION
(Drops) Check Bottle!
80 mg/0.8 ml *
4 - 6 hours  1/2 dppr.
0.4 ml. 
1 dppr.
0.8 ml. 
1 1/2 dppr.
1.2 ml. 
2 dppr.
1.6 ml. 
     
Suppository 120 mg 4 - 6 hours      1 supp.  1-1/2 supp.       
Suppository 325 mg 4 - 6 hours        1/2 supp.  3/4 supp.  1 supp.   
Suppository 80 mg 4 - 6 hours    1 supp.  1-1/2 supp.  2 supp.       
Suspension
160 mg/5 ml
4 - 6 hours    1/2 tsp.  3/4 tsp.  1 tsp.  1 1/2 tsp.  2 tsp.  2 1/2 tsp.
(3 tsp if
over 72 lbs) 
 

* CAUTION: We recommend that you use the dropper or dosage cup that comes with your medicine to avoid overdosage. Dosage recommendations on bottles may vary from the recommendation on these pages. We would like you to use our recommended dosages unless your health care provider has given you a different (usually higher!) dosage. Aspirin should not be given to your child.


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