Giving Kids Medicine

 

Common medicines are generally safe and effective when used appropriately. That being said, make sure to keep medicines sealed and stored away and talk to your kids about medication safety. At any age, it is important to make sure you are giving the correct dose of medicine. If you’re not sure, please call our office at 972-325-2005 or talk to your neighborhood pharmacist. You can also use a dosage calculator to find out what is the correct dosage of medicine to give to your child. Below is a dosage calculator for common medications found at home.

 

 

 

 

Ibuprofen Dosage (e.g. Advil, Motrin)

Source: HealthChildren.org

Acetaminophen Dosage (e.g. Tylenol)

Source: HealthChildren.org

Diphenhydramine Dosage (e.g. Benadryl)

Source: HealthChildren.org
Medication Dose by weight
(mg/kg/dose)
Concentration
(liquid – mg/5ml)
Tablet/Capsule
available
Acetaminophen
(Tylenol)
15 Children: 160 • 160mg scored and chewable
• 325mg tablet/capsule
• 500mg extra strength tablet
Ibuprofen
(Advil or Motrin)
10 Children: 100 • 100mg chewable
• 100 mg tablet
• 200 mg tablet/capsule
Diphenhydramine
(Benadryl)
1.25 Children: 12.5 • 25mg

Diphenhydramine Dosage Table
(eg, Benadryl) (Antihistamine)

Child’s Weight (pounds) 20-24 25-37 38-49 50-99 100+ lbs
Liquid 12.5 mg 3/4 1 1 1/2 2 tsp
Liquid 12.5 mg/5 mL 4 5 7.5 10 mL
Chewable 12.5 mg 1 1 1/2 2 4 tablets
Tablets 25 mg 1/2 1/2 1 2 tablets
Capsules 25 mg 1 2 caps
 Source: healthychildren.org

Dr. Moemeka does not recommend routine use of infant formulations of these medications. If your baby is less than 22 pounds and needs any of these medicines, first call to speak with Dr. Moemeka at 972-325-2005 for instructions. 

Always use a medication dosing syringe for liquid medicine to make sure you give the right dose each time. You can get these at your local pharmacy if one is not included with the medication. If your child needs to use any of these medications for more than 24 hours, contact Dr. Moemeka at 972-325-2005.

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