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Infants Motrin

Jacqueline - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My baby is 5 months and almost weighs 16 lbs so she meets the weight requirements for motrin can i give it to her even if shes not 6 months the baby tylenol doesn't help much

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Tiffiny - posted on 01/28/2010

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The best thing to do is to call a pharmicist.They will be able to tell you if its ok.I use to call them all the time if I had any questions.

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Brandi - posted on 01/28/2010

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Call your dr. They really don't recommend the motrin before 6 mos. If you call and talk to the nurse at your dr. office, they will have a chart that has the recommended dosages for infants based on an AGE/WEIGHT chart, so they will be able to tell you if your child safely can be given the motrin. I call my nurses office EVERY time I need to medicate my kids (they have usually grown into the next dosage between sicknesses, so I'm never sure of the dosage). The nurses at my kids' dr. office are very polite, nice, and understanding. They are also VERY knowledgeable, so you should give them a call. they will be able to advise you best. :-)) Good luck and I hope your little one is feeling better.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/28/2010

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I've found personally that Motrin helps the most with my 10 month olds pain, but it always makes her hyper for at least 2 hours (try that as a last resort at bedtime, ha!) and sometimes gives her a stomach ache. I'd see if maybe you could give a slightly bigger dose of the tylenol, as doctors and nurses know the exact amount thats safe and the bottle directions are more of a guideline.

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2010

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What ever you do, DO NOT give Asprin, baby Advil and mortin worked great for my son.

Katie - posted on 01/28/2010

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I saw a special on the Today Show a few years ago that scared me away from Motrin. I think the only time I would consider giving a child of any age ibuprofen would be if acetaminophen (Tylenol) wasn't cutting a HIGH FEVER...not to seem cold hearted, but teething and sore limbs from having vaccinations isn't going to kill a baby...and I agree with Katie Cubitt, IF you give it, make sure it's NOT on an empty stomach--the last thing you need is a 5 month old with an ulcer! Do some research. Make sure that you are truly comfortable with giving ibuprofen to her once you know the potential side effects...another tip that has always worked for me is that in babies, the first few times giving a med like Tylenol, I wouldn't give the full dose. It's new to their system, so the chances of a lesser dose working just fine is great. Then, you have room to give more without waiting 4-6 hours if it's not working well enough, but you likely won't have to and then your baby isn't getting pumped full of meds. (I obviously don't do this with more serious meds, like antibiotics and whatnot, and once a child is used to a med, trying this approach will actually likely have negative effects, as it can just build up an immunity so to speak for that drug...) So if you DO decide to go with Motrin, maybe you could try that. Motrin is a tough call! Good Luck!

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ask your doc. i know that my kids responded a lot better to motrin, but it is something you need to ask the doc about.

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I think the weight is more important than age but I would suggest calling your local health hotline, your doctor, or even a pharmacy. One thing I know for sure about Motrin is that it's very hard on the tummy. I avoid it as much as possible even with my 13month old. I personally like homeopathic teething remedies. I would suggest trying that out first before resorting to Motrin. If you do end up giving your baby Motrin though, make sure that it's not on an empty tummy.

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