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Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, helps reduce fever and
relieve pain. It does not reduce swelling, as do nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen, but it also
is less likely to cause stomach upset and other side effects.
Be sure to follow
these medicine precautions.
Dosage: Give acetaminophen every 4 hours
as needed. Do not give more than 5 doses in a 24-hour period. Dosages are based
on the child's weight regardless of whether oral or rectal products are used.
Caution: Do not use this dose table with any other concentration of this medicine. Use only with the concentration of 160 mg in 5 mL. Check the label on your medicine to find the concentration.
less than 11.0
less than 5.4
Ask a doctor
2.5 mL or ½ teaspoon
3.75 mL or ¾ teaspoon
5 mL or 1 teaspoon
7.5 mL or 1½ teaspoon
10 mL or 2 teaspoons
12.5 mL or 2½ teaspoons
15 mL or 3 teaspoons
Side effects of acetaminophen are rare.
Do not give your child acetaminophen
if he or she has:
July 9, 2013
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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