Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Dose Table

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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Dose Table 
Child's weight (pounds)6-1112-1718-2324-3536-4748-5960-7172-9596+lbs
Liquid: 160 mg/5 milliliters (ml)1.252.53.7557.51012.51520ml
Liquid: 160mg/ 1 teaspoon (tsp)--½¾1234tsp
Chewable 80 mg. tablets----234568tabs
Chewable 160 mg. tablets------1234tabs
Adult 325 mg. tablets----------112tabs
Adult 500 mg. tablets--------------11tab

When to Use. Treatment of fever and pain.

Table Notes:

  • AGE LIMIT. Don't use under 12 weeks of age unless told by child's doctor. (Reason: Fever in the first 12 weeks of life needs to be seen now. If present, your baby needs a medical exam now. Exception. Fever starting within 24 hours of vaccines if child is 8 weeks of age or older. If under 6 years, don't give products with more than one ingredient in them. (Reason: FDA recommendation 10/2008).
  • DOSE. Find the child's weight in the top row of the dose table. Look below the correct weight for the dose based on the product you have.
  • MEASURE the DOSE. Syringes and droppers are better to use than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medicine. If not, you can get a med syringe at a drug store. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. (Reason: regular spoons are not reliable). Keep in mind 1 level teaspoon equals 5 ml and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 ml.
  • HOW OFTEN. Repeat every 4-6 hours as needed. Don't give more than 5 times a day.
  • ADULT DOSE.  650 mg
  • BRAND NAMES. Tylenol, Feverall (suppositories), generic acetaminophen
  • MELTAWAYS.  Tabs that dissolve come in 80 mg and 160 mg (jr. strength)
  • SUPPOSITORIES. Comes in 80, 120, 325 and 650 mg. The rectal dose is the same as the dose given by mouth.
  • EXTENDED-RELEASE. Do not use 650 mg oral products in children. Reason: they are every 8-hour extended-release.