Giving Kids Medicine

Medicines are generally safe and effective when used appropriately. Keep medicines sealed and stored away and talk to your kids about medication safety. At any age, 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. Here are the doses for common medications given at home.


Ibuprofen Dosage (e.g. Advil, Motrin)


Acetaminophen Dosage (e.g. Tylenol)


Diphenhydramine Dosage (e.g. Benadryl)

Medication Dose by weight
(liquid – mg/5ml)
15 Children: 160 • 160mg scored and chewable
• 325mg tablet/capsule
• 500mg extra strength tablet
(Advil or Motrin)
10 Children: 100 • 100mg chewable
• 100 mg tablet
• 200 mg tablet/capsule
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

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 directions. 

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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