is your child ill?


  • Over The Counter Medication Dose
    • Cold medications are not approved for children under 4 years old.
    • Please do not give any medication to infants less than 2 months old.
    • Please do not give these over the counter medications if your child has a history of liver or kidney failure.
    • Please call the office immediately if your infant is under 2 months and has a fever of greater than 100.4 F rectally.
    • Temperature should be measured rectally in infants under 6 months of age. Underarm (axillary) or ear (otic) thermometers should be reserved for children over the age of 6 months. An oral thermometer is not appropriate until your child can hold it under his or her tongue for several minutes without biting (usually around age 5).
    • Make sure you do not mix medicines containing the same components (Tylenol & Feverall® for example).
    • All doses are determined by weight, not age.
    • Please remember these are guidelines, follow the manufacturer's label on all products.
    • Please remember that you are treating your child, not a number on the thermometer. Your goal in treating a fever is to make your child comfortable, not to make the number lower.
    • Always check the label for the type of medicine you are giving as well as to check the dosage.
    • Ibuprofen (Advil® / Motrin®) Note: Ibuprofen cannot be given to infants less than 6 mos. old.

      Please wait until your infant is at least 6 months old before using ibuprofen. Doses can be given every 6 hours. When treating fever or pain, the chart below can be a guideline:

      Weight Milligram Dosage Drops 50mg/ 1.25 ml Children's liquid
      100 mg/5 ml
      Chewable Tabs 50mg ea. Junior strength Caps or chews 100mg ea.

      12-17 lbs

      50 mg

      1.25 ml

      2.5 ml

      N/A

      N/A

      18-23 lbs

      75 mg

      1.875 ml

      3.75 ml

      N/A

      N/A

      24-35 lbs

      100 mg

      1.25+1.25 (2.5 ml)

      5 ml

      2 tablets

      1 tablet

      36-47 lbs

      150 mg

      N/A

      7.5 ml

      3 tablets

      1 1/2 tablets

      48-59 lbs

      200 mg

      N/A

      10 ml

      4 tablets

      2 tablets

      60-71 lbs

      250 mg

      N/A

      12.5 ml

      5 tablets

      2 1/2 tablets

      72-95 lbs

      300 mg

      N/A

      15 ml

      6 tablets

      3 tablets

      >95 lbs

      400 mg

      N/A

      20 ml

      8 tablets

      4 tablets

      >95 lbs

      Or Give

      Adult

      Dosage

      Of

      Adult Tablets

    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) may be given every orally every 4-6 hours.

      Weight:

      Milligram Dosage

      Infant or Children's Liquid
      160 mg/5 ml

      Children's Tabs
      80 mg each

      Junior Strength Caps or chews 160 mg each

      Adult Strength Tablets
      325 mg each

      7-13 lbs

      40 mg

      1.25 ml

      N/A

      N/A

      N/A

      14-20 lbs

      80 mg

      2.5 ml

      N/A

      N/A

      N/A

      21-27 lbs

      120 mg

      3.75 ml

      1 1/2 tablets

      N/A

      N/A

      28-41 lbs

      160 mg

      5 ml

      2 tablets

      1 tablet

      N/A

      42-55 lbs

      240 mg

      7.5 ml

      3 tablets

      1 1/2 tablets

      N/A

      56-83 lbs

      325 mg

      N/A

      4 tablets

      2 tablets

      1 tablet

      84-111 lbs

      480 mg

      N/A

      6 tablets

      3 tablets

      1 1/2 tablets

      >112 lbs

      650 mg

      N/A

      8 tablets

      4 tablets

      2 tablets

      >112 lbs

      Or Give

      Adult

      Dosage

      Of

      Adult Tablets
    • Acetaminophen suppositories (Feverall®).

      Dosing frequency is every 4-6 hours. When using suppositories, petroleum jelly can be used to assist in the insertion of the suppository. Insertion of the suppositories is similar to using a rectal thermometer. When treating fever or pain, the chart below can be a guideline:

      Weight:

      Milligram Dosage

      Children's Suppository
      80 mg each

      Children's Suppository
      120 mg each

      Junior Strength Suppository
      325 mg each

      12-17 lbs

      80 mg

      1 suppository

      N/A

      N/A

      18-25 lbs

      120 mg

      1 1/2 suppository

      1 suppository

      N/A

      26-35 lbs

      180 mg

      N/A

      1 1/2 suppositories

      N/A

      36-47 lbs

      240 mg

      N/A

      2 suppositories

      N/A

      48-74 lbs

      325 mg

      N/A

      N/A

      1 suppository

      75-95 lbs

      500 mg

      N/A

      N/A

      1 1/2 suppositories

      >95 lbs

      650 mg

      N/A

      N/A

      2 suppositories

    • Benadryl® (diphenhydramine) is used for hives and to reduce the itchiness associated with rashes such as with eczema or poison ivy.

      Benadryl® can be given every 6-8 hours as needed. Most children become sleepy after taking Benadryl®. However, occasionally, a few children have the opposite response and get “hyper” with Benadryl®. A test dose during the day is advised.

      Weight

      Milligram Dosage

      Benadryl Elixir
      (12.5 mg/5 ml)

      Benadryl Chewable
      (12.5 mg)

      Benadryl Tabs
      (25 mg) (Adult Strength)

      13-20 lbs

      6.25 mg

      2.5 ml

      N/A

      N/A

      21-27 lbs

      9.37 mg

      3.75 ml

      N/A

      N/A

      28-41 lbs

      12.5 mg

      5 ml

      1 tab

      N/A

      42-54 lbs

      18.75 mg

      7.5 ml

      1 1/2 tabs

      N/A

      55-82 lbs

      25 mg

      10 ml

      2 tabs

      1 tab

      83-110 lbs

      37.5 mg

      15 ml

      3 tabs

      1 1/2 tabs

      >110 lbs

      50 mg

      20 ml

      4 tabs

      2 tabs