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.

WeightAge* Acetaminophen Infant/Children’s Oral Suspension 160mg/5ml
Acetaminophen Children’s suspension 160mg/5mlAcetaminophen Children’s Meltaways 80mg/tabletAcetaminophen Junior Meltaways 160mg/tablet
6-11 lbs0-3 mo1.25 ml (40mg)  n/a  n/a  n/a
12-17 lbs4-11 mo2.5 ml (80mg)2.5 ml  n/a  n/a
18-23 lbs12-23 mo3.75ml
3.75 ml  n/a  n/a
24-35 lbs2-3 yrs5.0 ml
5 ml2 tablets  n/a
36-47 lbs4-5 yrs n/a7.5 ml3 tablets  n/a
48-59 lbs6-8 yrs  n/a10 ml4 tablets2 tablets
60-71 lbs9-10 yrs  n/a12.5 ml5 tablets2½ tablets
72-95 lbs11 yrs  n/a15 ml6 tablets3 tablets
96 lbs and over12 yrs  n/a  n/a  n/a4 tablets
*use only when weight not available