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.
Ibuprofen is used to relieve pain, inflammation, and fever.
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||
(50 mg/1.25 ml), you will need to give your child…
(100 mg/5 ml), you will need to give your child…
(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 four 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 room temperature (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 up and not accessible to any children.
Call the doctor if your child has:
Signs of a serious allergic reaction:
WheezingChest tightnessFeverItchingBad coughBlue skin colorConvulsionsSwelling of face, lips, tongue, or throatChest pain or pressureNauseaVomitingNew or worsening stomach painSwelling or pain in hands or feetChange in speech or visionEye pain or irritationBlack, tarry, or bloody stoolsBlood in urineDiarrheaStrange bruising or bleedingRash
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.
Children’s Motrin dosing chart. Motrin website. Available at:
http://www.motrin.com/children-infants/dosing-charts?icid=home|tout|1. Accessed May 29, 2015.
Infants' Motrin dosing chart. Motrin website. Available at:
http://www.motrin.com/children-infants/dosing-charts?icid=home|tout|1#dosing-chart-for-infants-age-6-23-months-. Accessed May 29, 2015.
Ibuprofen. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 18, 2013. Accessed May 29, 2015.
Walgreen's ibuprofen junior strength. Daily Med website. Available at: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/archives/fdaDrugInfo.cfm?archiveid=135223. Accessed May 29, 2015.
Last reviewed May 2015 by Michael Woods, MD
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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