Tylenol/Acetaminophen can be given every 4-6 hours. Dosing for infant and children's is below. Tylenol should
not be given under the age of 2 months. Tylenol comes as 160mg/5ml, there are also chewable
80 and 160 mg and suppository (feverall)
= 0.5tsp 80mg
18lb 3.75ml = 0.75tsp 120mg
= 1tsp 160mg
36lb 7.5ml=1.5tsp 240mg
ml =2.5tsp 400mg
72lb 15ml =3tsp 480mg
= 4 tsp 640mg
Motrin/Advil/Ibuprofen can be given every 6-8 hours. Dosing for infant and children's is below. Motrin
should not be given under the age of 6 months. Motrin infants comes as 50mg/1.25ml, childrens is 100/5ml, there
are also chewable 50 and 100 mg.
Infant Weight Children's mg
1.875 ml 18lb 3.75ml
=0.75 tsp 75mg
2.5 ml 24lb 5ml = 1tsp = 100mg
36lb 7.5ml=1.5tsp 150mg
48lb 10ml=2tsp 200mg
ml =2.5 tsp 250mg
72lb 15ml =3tsp 300mg
= 3tsp 350mg
=4 tsp 400mg
Over the counter cold medicine. Unfortunately cough and cold medicines have never been proven to work under the
age of 6. Many of these products have
been taken off the market recently. We
do not recommend these products or their
prescription alternatives under the age 6 because they have not
been shown to work and have in some cases
been shown to harm children. Try to get products
that treat the symptoms. I recommend to get a fever reducer tylenol/motrin/advil separate from your cold medicine so
the dosing will be correct. Cough and cold medicines should be given as directed but no more than 3 times a day.
If you want to try these products the below dosing should be safe. Remember that nasal saline and a cool mist humidifier can help with relief.
0-6 Years none
Benadryl/diphenhydramine. Benadryl is an excellent medication for allergies, hives, itching and insect bites.
Benadryl comes as 12.5mg/5ml liquid, 12.5 mg chewable and 25 mg tabs. DO NOT USE UNDER THE AGE OF 6 MONTHS.
13 lb 1/2 tsp=2.5 ml 6mg
25 lb 1 tsp =5 ml
37.5 lb 1.5 tsp = 7.5 ml
50 lb 2 tsp = 10ml 25mg
75lb 3 tsp = 15 ml
100lb 4 tsp =20 ml
Allergy Medicines have recently been place
over the counter. If you child has
allergies and you would like to try a
nonsedating antihistamine you can try as
follows. The 2 main products are
Loratadine which is Claritin, Alavert or
store brand. They are all the same so
buy what ever is cheapest. More
recently Zyrtec or Ceterizine has also gone
over the counter. This may work better
for many people but it does can cause
sedation. These are some starting
doses. If you have questions or are not sure
if you child has allergies please make an
appointment or call the office.
or 5 mg chew
1 tsp or 5 mg chew
2 tsp or 10mg tab
2 tsp or 10 mg tab
Mylicon drops for gas
.33 ml every 2-3 hours
Saline and humidifiers
Saline is great for you child's stuffy nose. You can purchase it over the counter and use it every hour as needed.
Some examples are Ocean Spray, AYR, and Simply Saline. You can make saline yourself by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of table
salt with 8 ounces of water. You can also use a suction bulb to help eliminate mucus, but if your child fights it do
not use it. We do not recommend topical nasal decongestants as they may cause a rebound congestion.
Also elevating the head of the bed and using a humidifier will help.
We recommend a cool mist humidifier or vaporizer.