Giving Ibuprofen to Your Child
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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.

What Is This Medication For?
Ibuprofen is used to relieve pain, inflammation, and fever.

How Much Medication Do I Give?
The amount of medication you give your child will depend on weight or age. Below are suggested dosages. Make sure to check the amount of medication in the liquid or tablet before giving the dose. Follow the instructions on the actual medication label for the latest dosage information. Some brands may come in different concentrations, so make sure you read the label closely. Talk to the doctor if you are unsure of how much medication to give your child.

Oral Dosage for Children 6 months to 11 Years Old
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

kg=kilogram; mg=milligram; ml=milliliter

Dose may be given every 6-8 hours. Do not give more than four doses within 24 hours.

For children less than six months old: Ask the doctor for dosing instructions.

For children 12 years old or older: Give 200 mg every 4-6 hours. If needed, you can increase the dose to 400 mg every 4-6 hours.

Are There Side Effects?
Possible side effects include:

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

United States Food and Drug Administration

CANADIAN RESOURCES:
Canadian Pharmacists Association


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

Infants' motrin dosing chart. Motrin website. Available at: http://www.motrin.com/product_links/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.

Last Reviewed September 2013



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