PLEASE CHECK THE UPDATED POST ON DOSAGES 12/2014
It is very important to understand the proper dosing of the fever reducing medications on the market.
Acetaminophen is often found under the Brand Name Tylenol.
Ibuprofen is often found under the names Motrin or Advil.
Recent changes by Tylenol to eliminate their concentrated drops have made things a bit more confusing.
A proper dose is calculated by your child's weight. Below you will find a dosage chart to refer to as your child grows.
The number that I want you to focus on is the Milligrams.
If you took a 500mg Tylenol tablet, crushed it and then dissolved it in a teaspoon full of water, You would have 500 mg of Tylenol. If you took the same 500 mg tablet and dissolved it in a cup of water you would still have 500mg...Simply in a different concentration.
Once you know how many milligrams are appropriate for your child, your next step is figuring out what volume of fluid will deliver the proper dose. That will depend on the concentration of the medicine.
The most common form of Tylenol suspension available now has a concentration of 160 mg/ 5 ml
*(one teaspoon is 5 milliliters or ml s)
Double check the bottle to make sure that's what you have and follow the dosing chart below
There are still some brands of acetaminophen out there that are more concentrated and come as 80mg/per dropper (each dropper is .8 ml). It is perfectly fine to use this. Just pay attention to how many milligrams we want to give for your child's weight and calculate the dose
You may need to brush off your high school math skills.
Acetaminophen also does come in suppository form. This is a terrific option for an uncooperative or vomiting child.
Acetaminophen is usually dosed every 4-6 hours.
Ibuprofen is usually dosed every 6-8 hours and should be given with food when possible.
*If your child is under 2 months of age, and you feel that they need these medications, check with your doctor's office. Any young infant with an elevated temperature needs to be evaluated.
Doses are every 6-8 hours
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