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Giving Ibuprofen to Your Child

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

How Much Medication Do I Give?

Age
Weight
Total Dose You Need to Give Your ChildIf using infant drops (50 mg/1.25 ml), you will need to give your child…If using liquid medication (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
n/a
n/a
12-23 months
18-23 pounds (8-10 kg)
75 mg
1.875 ml
n/a
n/a
2-3 years
24-35 pounds (11-16 kg)
100 mg
n/a
5 ml (1 teaspoon)
1 tablet
4-5 years
36-47 pounds (16-21 kg)
150 mg
n/a
7.5 ml (1.5 teaspoons)
1.5 tablets
6-8 years
48-59 pounds (22-27 kg)
200 mg
n/a
10 ml (2 teaspoons)
2 tablets
9-10 years
60-71 pounds (27-32 kg)
250 mg
n/a
12.5 ml (2.5 teaspoons)
2.5 tablets
11 years
72-95 pounds (33-43 kg)
300 mg
n/a
15 ml (3 teaspoons)
3 tablets

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

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

How Should I Store This Medication?

Store the medication at room temperature (68°F-77°F [20°C-25°C]) in a place that is free from moisture and light. Make sure that the medication is locked up and not accessible to any children.

When Should I Call A Doctor?

Call the doctor if your child has:
  • Signs of a more serious allergic 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
  • New or worsening 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.
 

RESOURCES

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

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

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

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

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

 

References


Children’s Motrin dosing chart. Motrin website. Available at: http://www.motrin.com/product%5Flinks/4?val=overview. Accessed September 27, 2013.


Infants' motrin dosing chart. Motrin website. Available at: http://www.motrin.com/product%5Flinks/20?val=overview. Accessed September 27, 2013.


Ibuprofen. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated September 11, 2013. Accessed September 27, 2013.

 

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