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Dosing Chart for Acetaminophen, Tylenol, Tempra

Use single ingredient medications only.  Use weight if known.

ALERT: July 2011: New infant acetaminophen products are now on the market with changes in concentrations and new dosing directions. For a period of time both the old and the new infant drops will be sold and it is extremely important that you know which concentration you have and what dose to give your baby. The old concentration is 80mg/0.8ml. The new concentration in 160mg/5ml, the same concentration as for children's acetaminophen syrup. If you call our office for correct dosing instructions we will need to know which concentration you have before we can help you.


Dosing Chart for Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin

Use weight if known; only for children aged 6 months and older

Dosing Chart for Benadryl, Diphenhydramine

Use single ingredient medications only.  Use weight if known.

Benadryl can help reduce your child's symptoms during an allergic reaction. Benadryl which is also available as generic Diphenhydramine is an over-the-counter antihistamine for use during allergic reactions. Benadryl dosing is based on weight and not age.  The following chart can help determine the correct dose for your child based on your child’s weight, but is no substitute for your doctor's advice, and you should always call the pediatrician if you have any questions. Benadryl is available in liquid, chewable and tablet forms.  Chewables may be a choking hazard and are not recommended for children under 18 months.  

Use the following tips to keep your child safe and avoid overdosing:

  • Benadryl is also a sedative and care must be taken not to overdose your child.  If the listed dose makes your child too sleepy, you made need to decrease the amount of medicine given in each dose.

  • Give every 6 hours as needed, or as recommended by your pediatrician. Don't exceed four doses in 24 hours.

  • Don't give Benadryl to children under 1 year without calling your pediatrician first.  Always call pediatrician if child under 1 year old is having an allergic reaction.

  • Don't give Benadryl for colds, it has no proven benefits.  

  • Always read the label first, since different medicines have different concentrations.  Always use the measuring device (dropper or measuring cup) that comes with the medication or you could risk overdosing. Never use droppers from different medications or spoons from the kitchen.  Remember that 1 level teaspoon (tsp) equals 5ml and that 1/2 tsp equals 2.5ml.

If your child is flushed, coughing, drooling or having difficulty breathing call 911 and proceed to the nearest emergency room.