What is Ibuprofen used for?
Ibuprofen is used to break up fevers and reduce pain.

What is Acetaminophen used for?

Acetaminophen is used to break up fevers and reduce pain.

What is Diphenhydramine used for?

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is used to treat allergic reactions, nasal allergies, hives and itching.

Ibuprofen (Motrin) 

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Diphenhydramine(Benadryl)

Caution:

Acetaminophen is a common product in other medications. It is important to read all labels and make sure your child only receives Acetaminophen from one source. Give us a call with any questions!

Acetaminophen(Tylenol)

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Notes:

  • ​​Age Limits. Don't use under 6 months of age unless told by your child's doctor. Reason: safety not established and not approved by FDA. If under 6 years, don't give products with more than one ingredient in them (FDA recommendation 2008).
  • ​Medical droppers or syringes are recommended for lower doses.
  • How Often. Repeat every 6-8 hours as needed.
  • Adult Dose. 400 mg
  • Brand Names. Motrin, Advil, generic ibuprofen

Notes:

  • ​Age Limits. Don't use under 12 weeks of age unless told by child's doctor. Reason: fever in the first 12 weeks of life needs to be seen now. If present, your baby needs a medical exam now. Exception: Fever starting within 24 hours of vaccines if child is 8 weeks of age or older. If under 6 years, don't give products with more than one ingredient in them (FDA recommendation 2008).
  • ​Medical droppers are recommended for the measurement for teaspoon sized doses.
  • Repeat every 4-6 hours as needed. Don't give more than 5 times a day.
  • ​Adult Dose. 650 mg
  • Brand Names: Tylenol, Feverall (suppositories), generic acetaminophen
  • Meltaways. Tabs that dissolve come in 80 mg and 160 mg (jr. strength)

Dosage Tables Based on Weight

Notes:

  • ​Age Limits. For allergies, don't use under 1 year of age. Reason: it causes most babies to be sleepy. For colds, not advised at any age. Reason: no proven benefits. It should not be given if under 4 years old. If under 6 years, don't give products with more than one ingredient in them (FDA recommendation 2008).
  • ​Medical droppers and syringes are recommended for lower doses.
  • ​Adult Dose. 50 mg
  • How Often. Repeat every 6 hours as needed.
  • Children's Benadryl Fastmelts. Each fastmelt tablet equals 12.5 mg. They are dosed the same as chewable tablets.