Dosage Chart, Children's Acetaminophen

CAUTION: Check the label on your bottle for the amount and strength (concentration) of acetaminophen. U.S. drug companies have changed the concentration of infant acetaminophen. The new concentration has different dosing directions. You may still find both concentrations in stores or in your home.

Repeat dosage every 4 hours as needed or as recommended by your child's caregiver. Do not give more than 5 doses in 24 hours.

Weight: 6 to 23 lb (2.7 to 10.4 kg)

  • Ask your child's caregiver.

Weight: 24 to 35 lb (10.8 to 15.8 kg)

  • Infant Drops (80 mg per 0.8 mL dropper): 2 droppers (2 x 0.8 mL = 1.6 mL).

  • Children's Liquid or Elixir* (160 mg per 5 mL): 1 teaspoon (5 mL).

  • Children's Chewable or Meltaway Tablets (80 mg tablets): 2 tablets.

  • Junior Strength Chewable or Meltaway Tablets (160 mg tablets): Not recommended.

Weight: 36 to 47 lb (16.3 to 21.3 kg)

  • Infant Drops (80 mg per 0.8 mL dropper): Not recommended.

  • Children's Liquid or Elixir* (160 mg per 5 mL): 1½ teaspoons (7.5 mL).

  • Children's Chewable or Meltaway Tablets (80 mg tablets): 3 tablets.

  • Junior Strength Chewable or Meltaway Tablets (160 mg tablets): Not recommended.

Weight: 48 to 59 lb (21.8 to 26.8 kg)

  • Infant Drops (80 mg per 0.8 mL dropper): Not recommended.

  • Children's Liquid or Elixir* (160 mg per 5 mL): 2 teaspoons (10 mL).

  • Children's Chewable or Meltaway Tablets (80 mg tablets): 4 tablets.

  • Junior Strength Chewable or Meltaway Tablets (160 mg tablets): 2 tablets.

Weight: 60 to 71 lb (27.2 to 32.2 kg)

  • Infant Drops (80 mg per 0.8 mL dropper): Not recommended.

  • Children's Liquid or Elixir* (160 mg per 5 mL): 2½ teaspoons (12.5 mL).

  • Children's Chewable or Meltaway Tablets (80 mg tablets): 5 tablets.

  • Junior Strength Chewable or Meltaway Tablets (160 mg tablets): 2½ tablets.

Weight: 72 to 95 lb (32.7 to 43.1 kg)

  • Infant Drops (80 mg per 0.8 mL dropper): Not recommended.

  • Children's Liquid or Elixir* (160 mg per 5 mL): 3 teaspoons (15 mL).

  • Children's Chewable or Meltaway Tablets (80 mg tablets): 6 tablets.

  • Junior Strength Chewable or Meltaway Tablets (160 mg tablets): 3 tablets.

Children 12 years and over may use 2 regular strength (325 mg) adult acetaminophen tablets.

*Use oral syringes or supplied medicine cup to measure liquid, not household teaspoons which can differ in size.

Do not give more than one medicine containing acetaminophen at the same time.

Do not use aspirin in children because of association with Reye's syndrome.