Tylenol Dosage?

Cynthia - posted on 09/08/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if anyone knows the correct dosage of Tylenol- my son is 29months old, and weighs about 36 lbs. No-one seems to know the correct dosage of Tylenol to give him. He's sick and running a fever that keeps coming back quickly and I think it may be because I'm not giving him the right dose.

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Keri - posted on 09/08/2009

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Google pediatric Tylenol dosage and you can find a dosing calculator. Good luck!

Keri - posted on 09/08/2009

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It depends on what Tylenol you are using (strength).



Children's Tylenol is 1 1/2 tsp every 4 hours

Infant's Tylenol is 2.4 ml or 3 droppers every 4 hours



If you are having trouble with Tylenol breaking his fever, you can alternate between Tylenol and Ibuprofen (Advil) every 3 hours.



Ibuprofen dosage would be 1 1/2 to 2 tsps every 6 hours



Tylenol never did much for fevers with my kids. Ibuprofen always worked much better!



Also, go by weight, not age when looking at the bottles for dosage info!

Jen - posted on 09/08/2009

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I think the bottle says that the dosage for a 2 year old is .8 and .8 (the top line 2 times). My daughter is 21 months old, 26lbs and her dosage is .8 and .4.

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This is really a question that you should be calling the pediatrician for, but since he is slightly bigger than my two girls I feel comfortable telling you that I give them two droppers full of the "Concentrated Tylenol Infant Drops" for a total of 1.6 mL every 4 hours while the fever persists. This should be a good start, but don't hesitate to call your doctor whenever you're not sure of something like this. You don't have to bring him in every time; many times they will be able to help you over the nurse's line.

Amanda - posted on 09/16/2009

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I'm an EMT as well as a mommy, we always go based on the patients weight as to what dosage to give. Please don't give your child Ibuprofen an hour after the tylenol, you could over dose him. The other ladies are right on; ask a pharmacist, your childs pediatrician, or tylenols web site for their dosing chart. Hope your little one is feeling better.

Tina - posted on 09/09/2009

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Use the weight based dose not the age based dose. Also, check with your pediatrician about how much to give him if you are still uncertain. The nursing staff should be able to help you. You can also check with any local pharmacy. The pharmacist on duty would be happy to assist you.

You can also alternate tylenol and ibuprofen every 3 hours. Give the appropriate dose of tylenol then 3 hours later give the appropriate dose of ibuprofen and so on and so forth. Use tempid baths along with the tylenol and ibuprofen to help keep fevers down.

Kristina - posted on 09/08/2009

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My pediatrician always tells me to go by the weight of my child not the age. Hopes that helps.

Cynthia - posted on 09/08/2009

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Quoting Keri:

It depends on what Tylenol you are using (strength).

Children's Tylenol is 1 1/2 tsp every 4 hours
Infant's Tylenol is 2.4 ml or 3 droppers every 4 hours

If you are having trouble with Tylenol breaking his fever, you can alternate between Tylenol and Ibuprofen (Advil) every 3 hours.

Ibuprofen dosage would be 1 1/2 to 2 tsps every 6 hours

Tylenol never did much for fevers with my kids. Ibuprofen always worked much better!



I am using the equate (Walmart) brand of infant Tylenol.If that's the tylenol dosage, I have been "under-dosing" which may be the problem! thanks!

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i'm not exactly sure of the correct dosage either, but i know when fever is bad they say to piggy back tylenol and motrin. so give the same dose u have been giving of tylenol and about an hour later give a dose of motrin and see if that helps keep the fever down longer.

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