Pediatricians recommend 1.5 to 2.5 mL for infants in their first year, based on their weight. This dosage is usually given every four hours as needed, but remember to speak with your child’s pediatrician if you notice any symptoms or side effects.
Pediatricians usually recommend 1.5 mL to 2.5 mL of Tylenol for infants in their first year, based on their weight. However, the dosage varies depending on the infant’s age and weight. How often should you give an infant Tylenol? Read below to find out more!
Pediatricians usually recommend giving 1.5 to 2.5mL of regular strength Tylenol every 6 to 8 hours, based on the weight of your baby. It is important that you never give your baby more than 5 milligrams of acetaminophen at any one time because this can be toxic to their liver.
Tylenol infant drops may be used to treat fever, teething and other minor aches and pains in infants six months of age and younger. A dose is usually given every four to six hours as needed, based on the child’s weight.
How Much Tylenol for a 2 Month Old Baby After Shots
It’s one thing for your baby to cry when they’re hungry, tired, or in need of a diaper change. You provide for them, ease their little woes, and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
But nothing feels worse than hearing your infant cry in pain. These cries are often more intense and continue even after your baby has been fed or changed.
Babies feel pain just like adults, yet they tend to have a lower threshold for discomfort. And because they can’t speak for themselves, they can’t tell you where it hurts (though if your baby is teething, the mouth may be a good place to start). What can you do?
If your baby has a fever or signs of being in pain that can’t otherwise be eased, giving them Tylenol may bring some relief — to both your little one and you.
But before you give your baby a dose, it’s important that you check with your pediatrician and know how to safely give acetaminophen.
As you browse the children’s medicine aisle at the drugstore, you’ll come across many different forms of Tylenol and its generic, acetaminophen (they’re the same thing). This includes chewable tablets suitable for children ages 6 and older, as well as infant Tylenol available in liquid form.
When giving liquid Tylenol to your baby, make sure the medicine has a concentration of 160 milligrams/5 milliliter (mg/mL). This is important, especially if you have an older bottle of infant Tylenol sitting around your house. (While you’re at it, be sure to check the expiration date.)
Before May 2011, liquid Tylenol was available in two concentrated formulas, the other being 80 mg/0.8 mL per dose. The more concentrated formula was intended for infants, whereas the lower concentration was intended for children over the age of 2.
The problem with two formulas is that it’s too easy to confuse the products and accidentally overmedicate. To avoid possible dosing errors, the drug manufacturer chose to sell children’s acetaminophen as a single concentration. As a result, pain and fever medications containing a concentrated formula of 80 mg/0.8 mL have since been removed from shelves.
But although the medicine is currently only sold in the lower concentration, always double-check the formula before purchasing — just in case there’s a stray bottle of the older concentration that slipped through.
It’s important to give your infant the right amount of medication. Giving too much could make your child sick, and lead to complications like liver damage. It can even result in an accidental overdose and death.
As far as how much to give your baby, the package does offer recommendations based on age and weight. But in most cases, doctors recommend using a child’s weight to determine a safe amount of medicine. This applies to infants, as well as toddlers who take infant Tylenol.
Recommendations for age and weight are as follows:
|Amount of Tylenol (160 mg/5 mL)
|0 to 3 months
|6 to 11 pounds (lbs.)
|Consult your pediatrician
|4 to 11 months
|12 to 17 lbs.
|Consult your pediatrician
|12 to 23 months
|18 to 23 lbs.
|Consult your pediatrician
|2 to 3 years
|24 to 35 lbs.
Don’t let this chart discourage you or take it to mean you can’t use Tylenol before your little one is 2 years old.
In fact, most pediatricians actually encourage the short-term use of Tylenol in younger babies in certain circumstances — like pain from an ear infection, post-vaccination symptoms, and fever.
Most commonly, pediatricians recommend 1.5 to 2.5 mL for infants in their first year, based on their weight.
One dose of infant Tylenol might be — and hopefully is — enough to temporarily relieve symptoms of a fever or pain. But if your baby is ill or has an ear infection, pain and crying can return once the dose wears off unless the illness itself has worn off, too.
To keep your baby happy and pain-free during very upsetting bouts of symptoms, check with their doctor. You may be able to give a dose of infant Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours as needed.
But you shouldn’t give more than five doses in a 24-hour period. And you shouldn’t give Tylenol routinely or for more than a day or two in a row unless directed by your child’s doctor.
A bottle of infant Tylenol comes with a syringe or medicine dropper in the package, making the medicine easier to give to infants. (A dropper also saves you from using a measuring spoon from your kitchen — and we’re guessing, as a parent of an infant, you don’t need extra dishes in your dishwasher.) In fact, measuring spoons are discouraged because you could end up giving your infant more medicine than needed.
In other words, always use the medicine dropper or cup that comes with a medication to ensure giving the proper dosage. If your syringe or dropper breaks, you can purchase a replacement on the cheap from a pharmacy.
Dip the syringe into the bottle and fill it with the appropriate dose based on your pediatrician’s recommendations. From here, there are different ways to administer the medication. If your baby isn’t fussy, put the syringe in between their lips or partway in their mouth to the side of one cheek and squirt the medicine into their mouth.
Some babies may spit out the medicine if they don’t like the taste. So choosing an infant Tylenol with flavoring might make it easier for them to swallow.
If you have trouble getting the syringe into your baby’s mouth, you can get a little sneaky — just squirt the medicine into their breastmilk or formula if you use a bottle, or combine it with their baby food. Only do this with an amount of milk or food you know they will finish.
If your baby spits up or vomits within 20 minutes of receiving a dose, you can give another dose. But if they spit up or vomit after this time, wait at least 4 to 6 hours before giving more medication.
When giving your baby Tylenol, be mindful of other medications they take. Don’t give your baby Tylenol if they take other medicines containing acetaminophen. This can lead to too much of the drug in their system, which could cause an overdose.
Also, be mindful of expiration dates when giving your child medication. The effectiveness of the drug can go down over time. You don’t want to struggle through giving your sweet babe medicine only to have it fail to provide relief.
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For the most part, giving a baby infant Tylenol can temporarily relieve pain or a fever. But if your child continues to cry, call your doctor. Continuous crying could indicate another problem — like an ear infection that may require treatment.
Always speak with your pediatrician before giving Tylenol to very young infants (under 12 weeks) to prevent dosing errors.
Also, call your pediatrician if your baby under 3 months develops a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or if your baby over 3 months has a fever of 102.2°F (39°F) or higher.
Infant Tylenol Dosage Chart 160mg5ml
Acetaminophen (uh-see-tuh-MI-nuh-fen) is an over-the-counter medicine taken to relieve fever and pain. It’s a safe drug when used correctly for a wide variety of problems. But too high a dose can make a child very sick. Giving too much can lead to liver damage and, in rare cases, even death. So it’s important to know how to properly give acetaminophen.
If you have any questions about giving acetaminophen to your child, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Never give this or any other kind of medicine to a child younger than 2 years old without getting a doctor’s OK first.
What Is Acetaminophen Also Called?
Acetaminophen is the generic name of this drug. In some other countries, acetaminophen is known as paracetamol. Many generic brands of acetaminophen are available.
The most common brand name for this medicine is Tylenol®, but it is also sold under the names Panadol®, FeverAll®, and Tempra®.
What Types of Acetaminophen Are Available?
For kids, this medicine is available in oral suspensions (liquid form) and also chewable tablets. Chewable tablets are best for children 6 years of age and older. Rectal suppositories (FeverAll® or Tempra®) are available for children who have trouble taking medicine by mouth or can’t keep medicines down due to vomiting.
Tylenol® makes Infants’ Tylenol® (“drops”) and Children’s Tylenol® oral suspensions, as well as Jr. Tylenol® chewable tablets. Many generic brands of acetaminophen are available in similar forms.
Tylenol® and other brands that make infant drops used to offer them in a more concentrated formula, which was 80 mg/0.8 ml per dose. These drops were taken off the market because babies were getting sick after parents mistakenly gave too much medicine while using kitchen teaspoons or measuring cups from Children’s Tylenol®. If you have Infants’ Tylenol® or a similar product in the 80 mg strength, throw it away and do not give it to your child. The new infant drops have the same concentration as Children’s Tylenol® (160 mg/5 ml per dose).
Refer to the following dosage charts for the correct dosage of acetaminophen.
Other things to know:
- Check the expiration date to make sure it’s not expired. If it is, throw the medicine away and buy a new product. For proper disposal, remove the medicine from its original container and place it in an undesirable substance that children or animals wouldn’t be tempted to eat, like coffee grounds or kitty litter. Then, put it in a sealable bag inside a garbage can.
- Make sure your child isn’t already taking medicines with acetaminophen in them. Acetaminophen is a very common ingredient in cough, cold, and allergy medicines. If your child is taking one, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before giving your child more acetaminophen. Too much acetaminophen can damage a child’s liver.
- Check the concentration and recommended dosage. Give your child a dose from the dropper, syringe, or cup that came with the product. This will help ensure that your child gets the right amount of milliliters, or ml (also called cc, or cubic centimeters), and doesn’t overdose. Never use a measuring spoon from the kitchen or a cup or dropper from a different product. Chewables are not recommended for children younger than 2 years old due to the risk of choking.
- When giving for a fever, consider the child’s temperature and age. If you have an infant 3 months or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, call your doctor or go to the emergency department immediately. If your child is between 3 months and 3 years old and has a fever of 102.2°F (39°C) or higher, call your doctor to find out if he or she needs to see your child.
- If your child spits up or vomits up a dose of acetaminophen within the first 20 minutes, it’s usually safe to give your child another dose (check with a doctor if you’re unsure). If your child holds the first dose down for longer than 20 minutes before spitting up, you should wait 4 hours or more before giving your child another dose.
- Give acetaminophen every 4 to 6 hours as needed, but never give your child more than five doses in 24 hours.
- If your child doesn’t like the flavor, you can try a product with a different flavoring.
- If your child is sensitive to dyes, use a dye-free type of acetaminophen.
Acetaminophen Dosages By Weight
Doctors recommend using a child’s weight instead of age when figuring out how much medicine to give. Before giving your child a dose, check the label to make sure the recommended dosage and concentration agree with the numbers below.
This table is based on doctors’ and the manufacturers’ recommendations. It is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. If your child is 2 years old or younger, get the OK from your health care professional before giving the medicine. And always call if you have any questions or concerns about giving medicine.