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Acetaminophen and Ibuprophen Dosage Chart for Children

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is one of the most common drugs kids take — and one of the hardest to give correctly. Because acetaminophen is sold in many forms, this chart can help you get the right dosage for your child. But before you head to the medicine cabinet, there are a few important points to remember:

• Never give a baby under the age of 3 months acetaminophen without talking to your practitioner first.

• Although your baby's age is a rough guide, the amount of acetaminophen you give your child is based on his weight — not his age.

• Read the label. It's easy to get confused by the different forms and concentrations of acetaminophen available at your local drugstore. You don't want to confuse teaspoons with tablespoons, or give a baby the same type of medicine you'd give a toddler.

• Always use the measuring device that came with the medicine — whether it's a dropper or a measuring cup.

The following acetaminophen dosage information is based on a chart from the American Academy of Pediatrics' book Caring for Your Baby and Young Child.

Click here for your easy to read Acetaminophen and Ibuprophen Dosage Chart for Children. 

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