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Tylenol Dose

Acetaminophen (name brand = Tylenol) is a pain, discomfort and fever reducer commonly used during illnesses and for conditions such as teething.  Acetaminophen is broken down (metabolized) by the liver, whereas ibuprofen is cleared from the body by the kidneys.  During illnesses, acetaminophen is preferred by our providers because it is gentler on the stomach.  Additionally, people are prone to decreased appetite and dehydration when they are feeling ill; taking ibuprofen in states of dehydration can damage the kidneys.  Please dose acetaminophen or ibuprofen based on your child’s weight, not their age; age should only be used for infant’s/children’s dosing is weight is not known.

Weight

 Age*

Acetaminophen Infant/Children’s Oral Suspension 160mg/5ml
Acetaminophen Children’s suspension 160mg/5ml Acetaminophen Children’s Meltaways 80mg/tablet Acetaminophen Junior Meltaways 160mg/tablet
6-11 lbs 0-3 mo 1.25 ml (40mg)   n/a   n/a   n/a
12-17 lbs 4-11 mo 2.5 ml (80mg) 2.5 ml   n/a   n/a
18-23 lbs 12-23 mo 3.75ml
(120mg)
3.75 ml   n/a   n/a
24-35 lbs 2-3 yrs 5.0 ml
(160mg)
5 ml 2 tablets   n/a
36-47 lbs 4-5 yrs  n/a 7.5 ml 3 tablets   n/a
48-59 lbs 6-8 yrs   n/a 10 ml 4 tablets 2 tablets
60-71 lbs 9-10 yrs   n/a 12.5 ml 5 tablets 2½ tablets
72-95 lbs 11 yrs   n/a 15 ml 6 tablets 3 tablets
96 lbs and over 12 yrs   n/a   n/a   n/a 4 tablets

*use only when weight not available