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Fever and Pain Medicine: How Much To Give Your Child

​Parents need to be aware of a major change in infant's and children's liquid acetaminophen products (such as Tylenol) available on store shelves. 

Since Summer 2011, manufacturers changed the amount of acetaminophen in these medicines to one standard amount. Infant drops are no longer available and the syrup is available as 160 mg in 5 mL.

Children under Age 2:

  • Always call your pediatrician before giving acetaminophen to a child under 2 years of age, and call right away if your child is under three months of age and has a fever.

Children over Age 2: 

  • For children over the age of 2 years, check the label to see how much medicine to give. If you know your child's weight, use that. If you do not know your child's weight, go by age for the dose amount.

Important Medication Safety Reminders for Parents:

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
  • Use only the dosing device that comes with the product (do not use a household teaspoon). Watch the video, The Healthy Children Show: Giving Liquid Medicine Safely, for more information.
  • Never give adult medicines to children.
  • Always read and follow the instructions on the label.
  • Talk to your pediatrician if you have any questions.
  • If you think your child has taken too much of this or any medicine, call poison control at 800.222.1222.

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American Academy of Pediatrics (Copyright © 2016)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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