|Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Dose Table |
|Child's weight (pounds)||6-11||12-17||18-23||24-35||36-47||48-59||60-71||72-95||96+||lbs|
|Liquid: 160 mg/5 milliliters (ml)||1.25||2.5||3.75||5||7.5||10||12.5||15||20||ml|
|Liquid: 160mg/ 1 teaspoon (tsp)||--||½||¾||1||1½||2||2½||3||4||tsp|
|Chewable 80 mg. tablets||--||--||1½||2||3||4||5||6||8||tabs|
|Chewable 160 mg. tablets||--||--||--||1||1½||2||2½||3||4||tabs|
|Adult 325 mg. tablets||--||--||--||--||--||1||1||1½||2||tabs|
|Adult 500 mg. tablets||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||1||1||tab|
When to Use. Treatment of fever and pain.
- AGE LIMIT. Don't use under 12 weeks of age unless told by child's doctor. (Reason: Fever in the first 12 weeks of life needs to be seen now. If present, your baby needs a medical exam now. Exception. Fever starting within 24 hours of vaccines if child is 8 weeks of age or older. If under 6 years, don't give products with more than one ingredient in them. (Reason: FDA recommendation 10/2008).
- DOSE. Find the child's weight in the top row of the dose table. Look below the correct weight for the dose based on the product you have.
- MEASURE the DOSE. Syringes and droppers are better to use than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medicine. If not, you can get a med syringe at a drug store. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. (Reason: regular spoons are not reliable). Keep in mind 1 level teaspoon equals 5 ml and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 ml.
- HOW OFTEN. Repeat every 4-6 hours as needed. Don't give more than 5 times a day.
- ADULT DOSE. 650 mg
- BRAND NAMES. Tylenol, Feverall (suppositories), generic acetaminophen
- MELTAWAYS. Tabs that dissolve come in 80 mg and 160 mg (jr. strength)
- SUPPOSITORIES. Comes in 80, 120, 325 and 650 mg. The rectal dose is the same as the dose given by mouth.
- EXTENDED-RELEASE. Do not use 650 mg oral products in children. Reason: they are every 8-hour extended-release.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Content Set: Child Symptom Checker
Child Symptom Checker