Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Dosage 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 160 mg/ 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.
Caution: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be found in many prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Read the labels to be sure your child is not getting it from 2 products. If you have questions, call your child’s doctor.
- Age Limits. 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 (FDA recommendation 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. Come 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.
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