Dosage for Infants' Tylenol

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Dosage for Infants' Tylenol

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To help reduce confusion and medication errors, a standardized concentration of Tylenol (acetaminophen) has been introduced.

This new version of Tylenol - Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension comes in a concentration of 160mg per 5ml, just like the concentration of Children's Tylenol Oral Suspension.

The new Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension (160mg/5ml) replaces the older, more concentrated Infants' Concentrated Tylenol Drops, which was available at 80mg per 0.8ml. The benefit of these concentrated drops was that younger infants and toddlers got to take less medicine. On the downside, it was easy to overdose your child if you gave the concentrated drops, but were using the dosage guidelines for the less concentrated Tylenol suspension. That would get your child over three times the recommended amount of Tylenol.

To confuse things even more, another concentration of infants' acetaminophen drops has been available, at 80mg per 1.0ml.

Unfortunately, all three concentrations of acetaminophen may be on store shelves right now, as stores sell out of the older versions, which might include Tylenol and other versions of acetaminophen, such as:

  • CVS Infants' Pain Relief Suspension Drops
  • Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension
  • Infants' Concentrated Tylenol Drops
  • Little Fevers Infant Fever/Pain Reliever
  • PediaCare Infants Fever Reducer Pain Reliever
  • Triaminic Infants' Syrup Fever Reducer Pain Reliever
  • Walgreens Infants' Pain & Fever Acetaminophen Oral Suspension
  • Equate Infants' Concentrated Acetaminophen Suspension Drops
  • Equate Infants' Acetaminophen Suspension Liquid

To help reduce the chance of medication errors with acetaminophen, the FDA recommends that parents read the Drug Facts label to identify the concentration of acetaminophen in their product. Except for the youngest infants and toddlers, the Drug Facts label will also reveal the correct dosage and directions for use.

If you still need the dosage for Infants' Tylenol, go to:

Don't rely on seeing 'drops' or 'suspension' in the name to know what concentration of acetaminophen you have. For example, it is hard to know concentration of the CVS Infants' Pain Relief Suspension Drops by just looking at the name.



Sources:

FDA. FDA Drug Safety Communication: Addition of another concentration of liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm284741.htm. Accessed January 2012.

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Dosage for Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension

Look for changes on the new packages of Tylenol and other brands of acetaminophen.
The main changes on many newer packages of acetaminophen include that a dosing syringe replaces a medicine dropper and they have likely dropped the name 'concentrated.'. Photo courtesy of the FDA

Tylenol or acetaminophen is commonly used as a fever reducer or pain reliever in children.

While safe and effective and designed to reduce medication errors, even the newer Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension doesn't include a dosage for infants and toddlers under age two years.

To give your child a safe dose of medicine, you should:

  • use a recent weight for your child
  • check the Drug Facts label to confirm that it says "160 mg per 5 ml" or "160 mg (in each 5 ml)"
  • get a dose below
  • use the oral syringe that came with your medication to give the dose to your child
  • write down the time you gave the dose so that you don't give another dose of the same medication too quickly

In addition to talking to your pediatrician about the reason you are giving your child a pain reliever or fever reducer, be sure to confirm the dose of acetaminophen with your pediatrician.

Dosage for Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension

The dosage of Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension will depend on your child's weight and age and includes:

  • 6-11 pounds (0-3 months) - 1.25ml
  • 12-17 pounds (4-11 months) - 2.5ml
  • 18-23 pounds (12-23 months) - 3.75ml
  • 24-35 pounds (2-3 years) - 5ml

Similar medications are available from many nationwide pharmacies, including CVS, Walgreens, Walmart (Equate), and Rite Aid, etc., plus other brands are available from:

  • PediaCare
  • Little Fevers
  • Triaminic

Tylenol dosages for older children are also available.

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Dosage for Infants' Concentrated Tylenol Drops

Look at an older version of Tylenol concentrated drops.
Older versions of Tylenol and other brands of acetaminophen often had a medicine dropper on the label and mentioned that it was 'concentrated.'. Photo courtesy of the FDA

As older versions of Tylenol or acetaminophen may still be available in pharmacies and in many homes, it is important that parents also know the correct dose this medicine to give their children.

To give your child a safe dose of medicine, you should:

  • use a recent weight for your child
  • check the Drug Facts label to confirm that it says "80 mg per 0.8 ml" or "80 mg per 1 ml"
  • get a dose below
  • use the dropper that came with your medication to give the dose to your child
  • write down the time you gave the dose so that you don't give another dose of the same medication too quickly

Dosage for Infants' Concentrated Tylenol Drops (80 mg per 0.8 mL)

The dosage of Infants' Concentrated Tylenol Drops will depend on your child's weight and age and includes:

  • 6-11 pounds (0-3 months) - 0.4 ml
  • 12-17 pounds (4-11 months) - 0.8 ml
  • 18-23 pounds (12-23 months) - 1.2 ml (0.4ml +0.8ml)
  • 24-35 pounds (2-3 years) - 1.6 ml (0.8ml +0.8ml)

Dosage for Infants' Concentrated Acetaminophen Drops (80 mg per 1 mL)

The dosage of Infants' Concentrated Acetaminophen Drops (80 mg per 1 mL) will depend on your child's weight and age and includes:

  • 6-11 pounds (0-3 months) - 0.5 ml
  • 12-17 pounds (4-11 months) - 1.0 ml
  • 18-23 pounds (12-23 months) - 1.5 ml
  • 24-35 pounds (2-3 years) - 2.0 ml (1.0 ml + 1.0 ml)

And remember that once you use up your current supply of concentrated acetaminophen drops, you will likely have to switch to the newer Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension or similar acetaminophen product.

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