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Ibuprofen

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Ibuprofen is a non-aspirin medicine used to relieve pain or fever. Follow the guidelines the doctor gives you for how much ibuprofen to give your child and how often you should give it. Usually doses can be repeated every 6 to 8 hours as needed for pain or fever.

Ibuprofen should not be given to infants who are less than 6 months old.

Give the right dose:

The directions on the bottle or the chart below will help you decide how much medicine to give your child. Be sure to measure liquid doses correctly with an oral syringe, dropper or dosage cup. The infant drops are twice as concentrated as the children’s liquid, so be sure you are giving the right amount of liquid medicine for the type of ibuprofen you are using to avoid over-dosing your child. Always measure infant drops with the dropper provided in the bottle.

Find the right dose for your child by finding his weight on the chart below. Next find the type of ibuprofen you are using. Do NOT use a type of ibuprofen that is blocked out for your child’s weight range.

Weight
(pounds) 
Milligram DoseInfant Drops
(50mg/1.25 mL) 
Children's Liquid
(100 mg/5 mL) 
Chewable Tablets
50 mg each 
Junior Strength Tablets
100 mg each 
Adult Strength Tablets
200 mg each 
12 to 17 50 mg 1.25 mL 2.5 mL    
18 to 2370 mg 1.9 mL 3.8 mL    
24 to 35 100 mg 2.5 mL 5 mL  2 tablets   
36 to 47 150 mg 3.8 mL 7.5 mL  3 tablets   
48 to 59 200 mg  10 mL  4 tablets 2 tablets  1 tablet  
60 to 71 250 mg  12.5 mL  5 tablets 2 ½ tablets  
72 to 95 300 mg  15 mL  6 tablets 3 tablets 1 ½ tablets  
Over 95 400 mg  20 mL  8 tablets  4 tablets 2 tablets  

 


Disclaimer:This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 04/2014

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