• Giving Ibuprofen to Your Child

    momandchild The doctor has prescribed a medicine called ibuprofen for your child. Be sure that you read and understand the information below before giving your child this medicine.

    What Is This Medicine For?

    Ibuprofen is used to relieve pain, inflammation, and fever.

    How Much Medicine Do I Give?

    The amount of medicine you give your child will depend on her weight or age. Below are suggested dosages. Make sure to check the amount of medicine in the liquid or tablet before giving the dose. Follow the instructions on the actual medicine label for the latest dosage information. Some brands may come in different concentrations, so make sure you read the label closely. Talk to the doctor if you are unsure of how much medicine to give your child.
    Total Dose You Need to Give Your Child If using infant drops (50 mg/1.25 ml), you will need to give your child… If using liquid medicine (100 mg/5 ml), you will need to give your child… If using Junior tablets (100 mg per pill), you will need to give your child…
    6-11 months
    12-17 pounds (5-8 kg)
    50 mg
    1.25 ml
    12-23 months
    18-23 pounds (8-10 kg)
    75 mg
    1.875 ml
    2-3 years
    24-35 pounds (11-16 kg)
    100 mg
    5 ml (1 teaspoon)
    1 tablet
    4-5 years
    36-47 pounds (16-21 kg)
    150 mg
    7.5 ml (1.5 teaspoons)
    1.5 tablets
    6-8 years
    48-59 pounds (22-27 kg)
    200 mg
    10 ml (2 teaspoons)
    2 tablets
    9-10 years
    60-71 pounds (27-32 kg)
    250 mg
    12.5 ml (2.5 teaspoons)
    2.5 tablets
    11 years
    72-95 pounds (33-43 kg)
    300 mg
    15 ml (3 teaspoons)
    3 tablets
    kg=kilogram; mg=milligram; ml=milliliter
    Dose may be given every 6-8 hours. Do not give more than four doses within 24 hours.
    For children less than six months old: Ask the doctor for dosing instructions.
    For children 12 years old or older: Give 200 mg every 4-6 hours. If needed, you can increase the dose to 400 mg every 4-6 hours.

    Are There Side Effects?

    Possible side effects include:

    What Else Should I Know Before Giving My Child This Medicine?

    Talk to the doctor first to make sure you understand how to give the medicine to your child. Also, let your doctor know if your child is taking any other medicines.

    How Should I Store This Medicine?

    Store the medicine at room temperature (68°F-77°F [20°C-25°C]) in a place that is free from moisture and light. Do not store in the bathroom or kitchen.

    When Should I Call A Doctor?

    Call the doctor if your child has:
      Signs of a life-threatening reaction:
      • Wheezing
      • Chest tightness
      • Fever
      • Itching
      • Bad cough
      • Blue skin color
      • Convulsions
      • Swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
    • Chest pain or pressure
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Really bad stomach pain
    • Swelling or pain in hands or feet
    • Change in speech or vision
    • Eye pain or irritation
    • Black, tarry, or bloody stools
    • Blood in urine
    • Diarrhea
    • Strange bruising or bleeding
    • Rash
    Also, call the doctor if your child feels worse or the condition does not improve.
    If you think your child may have overdosed, go to the emergency room or call your local poison control center right away.


    American Pharmacists Association Foundation http://www.aphafoundation.org/

    United States Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov/


    Canadian Pharmacists Association http://www.pharmacists.ca/

    Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/


    Children’s Motrin dosing chart. In: Physicians’ Desk Reference. 64th ed. Montvale, NJ: PDR Network; 2009: 2044.

    Ibuprofen. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/. Updated April 11, 2011. Accessed June 10, 2011.

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