Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol, Tempra) is a drug that is used to treat fever and pain. Below is a dosage chart for children. It is better to use the child's weight instead of age, and to use a dosing device rather than a spoon. Be careful, there are several products with different acetaminophen concentrations.
To determine the right dosage for your child, follow these steps:
- Find the line that corresponds to the child's weight (in pounds or kilograms).
- Identify the proper dose based on the product you have in hand.
- Administer the dose every 4 to 6 hours for a maximum of 5 doses within a 24-hour period.
Acetaminophen dosage for children older than 3 months
(use as a guide)
oral drops 80 mg/mL
160 mg/5 mL
|12 - 17 lbs||6 - 7 kg||4 - 11 months||80 mg||1 mL||2.5 mL||1||-|
|18 - 23 lbs||8 - 10 kg||12 - 23 months||120 mg||1.5 mL||3.75 mL||1 1/2||-|
|24 - 35 lbs||11 - 15 kg||2 - 3 years||160 mg||2 mL||5 mL||2||1|
|36 - 47 lbs||16 - 21 kg||4 - 5 years||240 mg||3 mL||7.5 mL||3||1 1/2|
|48 - 59 lbs||22 - 26 kg||6 - 8 years||320 mg||4 mL||10 mL||4||2|
|60 - 71 lbs||27 - 31 kg||9 - 10 years||400 mg||5 mL||12.5 mL||5||2 1/2|
|72 - 95 lbs||32 - 43 kg||11 years||480 mg||6 mL||15 mL||6||3|