The doctor has recommended a medication called ibuprofen for your child. Be sure that you read and understand the information below before giving your child this medication.
The amount of medication you give your child will depend on weight or age. Below are suggested dosages. Make sure to check the amount of medication in the liquid or tablet before giving the dose. Follow the instructions on the actual medication label for the latest dosage information. Some brands may come in different concentrations, so make sure you read the label closely. Talk to the doctor if you are unsure of how much medication to give your child.
Oral Dosage for Children 6 Months to 11 Years Old
|Total Dose You Need to Give Your Child||If using infant drops (50 mg/1.25 ml), you will need to give your child…||If using liquid medication (100 mg/5 ml), you will need to give your child…||If using Junior tablets (100 mg per pill), you will need to give your child…|
12-17 pounds (5-8 kg)
18-23 pounds (8-10 kg)
24-35 pounds (11-16 kg)
5 ml (1 teaspoon)
36-47 pounds (16-21 kg)
7.5 ml (1.5 teaspoons)
48-59 pounds (22-27 kg)
10 ml (2 teaspoons)
60-71 pounds (27-32 kg)
12.5 ml (2.5 teaspoons)
72-95 pounds (33-43 kg)
15 ml (3 teaspoons)
kg=kilogram; mg=milligram; ml=milliliter
Dose may be given every 6-8 hours. Do not give more than 4 doses within 24 hours.
For children less than 6 months old: Ask the doctor for dosing instructions.
For children 12 years old or older: Give 200 mg every 4-6 hours. If needed, you can increase the dose to 400 mg every 4-6 hours.
Talk to the doctor first to make sure you understand how to give the medication to your child. Also, let your doctor know if your child is taking any other medications.
Store the medication at 68°F-77°F (20°C-25°C) in a place that is free from moisture and light. Make sure that the medication is locked and not accessible to any children.
Call the doctor if your child has:
Also, call the doctor if your child feels worse or the condition does not improve.
If you think your child may have overdosed, go to the emergency room or call your local poison control center right away.
American Pharmacists Association Foundation
US Food and Drug Administration
Canadian Pharmacists Association
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Up and up junior strength ibuprofen—ibuprofen tablet, chewable. DailyMed—National Library of Medicine website. Available at: https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=6acd5878-35b6-452a-b00b-a69467a7c8f2. Accessed May 4, 2017.
Last reviewed May 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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