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

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

Acetaminophen(Tylenol)

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)

Ibuprofen (Motrin) 

Dosage Tables Based on Weight

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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!

What is Diphenhydramine used for?

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

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What is Acetaminophen used for?

Acetaminophen is used to break up fevers and reduce pain.

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.