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Giving Your Child Ibuprofen Safely

IBUPROFEN DOSAGES (Liquid, Chewable, Tablet)

It is best to give your child the dose based on his or her weight. If you do not know your child's weight, use the age to figure out the dose. Do NOT give ibuprofen to babies under 6 months.

 

Weight
(lbs
kgs)

Age

Dosage
(mg)

Liquid

Strength=
100 mg per 5 mL

 

INFANT Liquid

Strength=
50 mg per 1.25 mL

 

Chewable tablet

50 mg

Chewable tablet

100 mg

Tablet
200 mg
(can swallow a pill)

12–17 lbs
5.4-7.7 kgs

6–11 months

50 mg

2.5 mL

1.25 mL

DO NOT USE

DO NOT USE

DO NOT USE

18–23 lbs
8.1-10.4 kgs

12–23 months

75 mg

3.75 mL

1.875 mL

DO NOT USE

DO NOT USE

DO NOT USE

24–35 lbs
10.8-15.8 kgs

2–3 years

100 mg

5 mL

2.5 mL

2

1

DO NOT USE

36–47 lbs
16.3-21.3 kgs

4–5 years

150 mg

7.5 mL

3.75 mL

3

DO NOT USE

48–59 lbs
21.7-26.7 kgs

6–8 years

200 mg

10 mL

5 mL

4

2

1

60–71 lbs
27.2-32.2 kgs

9–10 years

250 mg

12.5 mL

-

5

1

72–95 lbs
32.6-43.0 kgs

11 years

300 mg

15 mL

-

6

3

1

Over
95 lbs
43.0 kgs

Over
11 years

400 mg

20 mL

-

8

4

2

 

Abbreviations: mg = milligram; mL = milliliter; lbs = pounds; kgs = kilograms

 

Ibuprofen is a pain reliever that is often used for children. It brings down fevers and is an anti-inflammatory (a medicine that reduces swelling and irritation). It is very important to give the right dose of ibuprofen for your child's weight.

Ibuprofen (such as Advil®, Motrin®, or a store brand) comes in different forms:

  • liquid (also called a suspension)

  • chewable tablet

  • pill to swallow

Ask your health care provider which form of ibuprofen is right for your child.

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Strength

When you give your child ibuprofen, always check the strength listed on the label:

  • For liquid medicine, strength means how many milligrams (mg) of medicine are in a certain amount of liquid. Liquid medicines are measured in milliliters (mL). There are 2 strengths of ibuprofen liquid for children:

    • 100 mg per 5 mL

    • 50 mg per 1.25 mL

  • For a tablet or pill, strength means how many milligrams are in each. For example:

    • Chewable tablet labels should say "50 mg each" or "100 mg each."

    • Pill labels should say "200 mg each.”

Dosing and Measuring

  • Give the ibuprofen exactly as directed.

    • Do not give it more often than is recommended.

    • Do not give a larger dose than is recommended.

  • Make sure you know your child's weight so that you can give the correct dose.

  • Use the measuring tool (cup or syringe) that came with that medicine. Do not use a kitchen spoon to measure any liquid medicine.

  • If you have INFANT ibuprofen, you will need to give a much smaller amount than you would give when using the regular liquid.

Safety

  • Check with your child's health care provider about giving any other medicines while your child is on ibuprofen. It could be dangerous to take some medicines along with ibuprofen.

  • Be sure your child eats or drinks before taking ibuprofen. Taking it on an empty stomach can cause discomfort.

  • Keep a list of the times ibuprofen is given so extra doses are not accidentally given.

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  • You have any questions.

  • Your child's pain or fever is not getting better.

  • You accidentally gave your child more than the recommended dose.

  • Your child is peeing less than usual or has an upset stomach that started after taking ibuprofen.

  • Your child is getting worse or not improving.

  • Your child develops new symptoms.

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© 2022 The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. Used and adapted under license by your health care provider. This information is for general use only. For specific medical advice or questions, consult your health care professional. KH-1806

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