Child Illness

This section is dedicated to heightening your awareness of illnesses that commonly strike, illnesses we've seen recently, and appropriate pediatric drug dosages. 

For Illness handouts, see our Medical Library.

Drug Dosage:

Below are recommended doses for several common products. Please always check the label for the type of medicine you are giving as well as to check the dosage. If you have any questions as to the correct dosage, please phone us during office hours.

Also important in knowing how to convert teaspoons to milliliters. The following is a brief guide:

Teaspoon = tsp; milliliters = ml; tablespoon = tbsp

  • 1 tsp = 5 ml = 5 cc = 1/3 tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp = 2.5 ml = 2.5 cc
  • 1 1/2 tsp = 7.5 ml = 7.5 cc = 1/2 tbsp
  • 3 tsp = 15 ml = 1 tbsp = 1/2 ounce

Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in Tylenol. It is used as a pain reliever and fever reducer. It should NOT be used in children under 2 months of age.  If your child requires acetaminophen for longer than three days, please contact the office.

The following products can be used every 4- 6 hours as needed:

Weight 
(lbs)
Infant Tylenol Drops 
(80mg/0.8ml)
Children's Tylenol Suspension 
(160mg/5ml)
Tylenol Chewable 
(80 mg)
6-11 lbs
0.4 ml
1.25ml
 
12-17 lbs.
0.8 ml
2.5ml
one tab
18-23 lbs
1.2 ml
3.75ml
1 1/2 tabs
24-35 lbs
1.6 ml
5 ml
2 tabs
36-47 lbs.
 
7.5ml
3 tabs
48-59 lbs.
 
10ml
4 tabs

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is used for hives and to reduce the itchiness associated with certain rashes.

Benadryl can be given every 6 - 8 hours as needed. Benadryl can cause drowsiness, dizziness, or paradoxical excitement.

Weight 
(lbs)
Benadryl Elixir
(12.5mg/tsp.)
Benadryl Chewable
(12.5 mg)
Benadryl Tabs
(25 mg)
12-17 lbs.
1/2 tsp.
  
  
18-23 lbs
3/4 tsp.
 
  
24-35 lbs
1 tsp.
1 tab
  
36-47 lbs.
1 1/2 tsp.
1 1/2 tab
2 tabs
48-59 lbs.
2 tsp.
2 tab
2 1/2 tabs

Ibuprofen is the active ingredient in Advil and Motrin. Ibuprofen is used to decrease pain and swelling and to reduce fevers. It should not be used in children less than 6 months old without discussing first with your practitioner.

All of these products can be given every 6 - 8 hours as needed:

Weight 
(lbs)
Infant's
Ibuprofen Drops
(50mg/1.25ml)
Children's Ibuprofen
(100mg/5ml)
Children's Ibuprofen
Chewable 
(50mg)
Junior Strength
Ibuprofen Chewable 
or Tabs (100mg)
12-17 lbs.
      1.25 ml
1/2 tsp. 
 
 
18-23 lbs
      1.87 ml
 3/4 tsp.
 
 
24-35 lbs
2.5 ml
1 tsp.
 
 
36-47 lbs.
 
1 1/2 tsp.
3 tabs
 
48-59 lbs.
 
2 tsp.
4 tabs
2 tabs
60-71 lbs
 
2 1/2 tsp.
5 tabs
2 1/2 tabs

 

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