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Dosage for Infants' Tylenol


Updated May 19, 2014

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Dosage for Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension
Look for changes on the new packages of Tylenol and other brands of acetaminophen.

The main changes on many newer packages of acetaminophen include that a dosing syringe replaces a medicine dropper and they have likely dropped the name 'concentrated.'

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Tylenol or acetaminophen is commonly used as a fever reducer or pain reliever in children.

While safe and effective and designed to reduce medication errors, even the newer Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension doesn't include a dosage for infants and toddlers under age two years.

To give your child a safe dose of medicine, you should:

  • use a recent weight for your child
  • check the Drug Facts label to confirm that it says "160 mg per 5 ml" or "160 mg (in each 5 ml)"
  • get a dose below
  • use the oral syringe that came with your medication to give the dose to your child
  • write down the time you gave the dose so that you don't give another dose of the same medication too quickly

In addition to talking to your pediatrician about the reason you are giving your child a pain reliever or fever reducer, be sure to confirm the dose of acetaminophen with your pediatrician.

Dosage for Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension

The dosage of Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension will depend on your child's weight and age and includes:

  • 6-11 pounds (0-3 months) - 1.25ml
  • 12-17 pounds (4-11 months) - 2.5ml
  • 18-23 pounds (12-23 months) - 3.75ml
  • 24-35 pounds (2-3 years) - 5ml

Similar medications are available from many nationwide pharmacies, including CVS, Walgreens, Walmart (Equate), and Rite Aid, etc., plus other brands are available from:

  • PediaCare
  • Little Fevers
  • Triaminic
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