Medications and Dosages to Reduce Pain and Fever

1.       Dose these medications based on your child’s weight. If you don’t know your child’s weight, give the dose based on your child’s age. Do not give more medication than is recommended.

2.       Always use a proper measuring device such as a medication syringe or the device enclosed in the package. DO NOT use a kitchen spoon to measure these medications.

3.       Ask your physician if you are unsure of the proper dose. These charts are based on the low end of the dosing range in order to prevent an overdose.  Your physician may recommend higher dosages based on your child’s exact weight.

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, or another brand)

(For Infants/Children/Teens/Adults older than 6 months of age)

Give every 6-8 hours, no more than 4 times in 24 hours.

Child’s Weight

Child’s Age

Infant Drops

50 mg in each 1.25 ml

Children’s Liquid

100 mg in each 5 ml

Children’s Chewable or Junior Tablets

100 mg in each tablet

Adult tablets

200 mg in each tablet/capsule

6-11 lbs(2.5-5 kg)

DO NOT USEin Infants Younger than 6 months of age.

12-17 lbs (5.5-7.7 kg)

6-11 months

1.25 ml




18-23 lbs (8.2-10.5 kg)

12-23 months

1.875 ml

4 ml



24-35 lbs (10.9-15.9 kg)

2-3 years





36-47 lbs (16.4-21.4 kg)

4-5 years


7.5 ml

1.5 tablets


48-59 lbs(21.8-26.8 kg)

6-8 years


10 ml

2 tablets

1 tablet/capsule

60-71 lbs (27.3-32.3 kg)

9-10 years


12.5 ml

2.5 tablets


72-95 pounds (32.7-43.2 kg)

11 years


15 ml

3 tablets


Greater than 95 pounds

Adults/Children older than 12 years


20 ml

4 tablets

2 tablets or capsules