Giving Ibuprofen to Your Child
The doctor has prescribed a medicine called ibuprofen for your child. Be sure that you read and understand the information below before giving your child this medicine.
How Much Medicine Do I Give?
The amount of medicine you give your child will depend on her weight or age. Below are suggested dosages. Make sure to check the amount of medicine in the liquid or tablet before giving the dose. Follow the instructions on the actual medicine label for the latest dosage information. Some brands may come in different concentrations, so make sure you read the label closely. Talk to the doctor if you are unsure of how much medicine to give your child.
Oral Dosage for Children 6 months to 11 Years Old
kg=kilogram; mg=milligram; ml=milliliter
Dose may be given every 6-8 hours. Do not give more than four doses within 24 hours.
For children less than six months old: Ask the doctor for dosing instructions.
For children 12 years old or older: Give 200 mg every 4-6 hours. If needed, you can increase the dose to 400 mg every 4-6 hours.
Are There Side Effects?
Possible side effects include:
What Else Should I Know Before Giving My Child This Medicine?
Talk to the doctor first to make sure you understand how to give the medicine to your child. Also, let your doctor know if your child is taking any other medicines.
How Should I Store This Medicine?
Store the medicine at room temperature (68°F-77°F [20°C-25°C]) in a place that is free from moisture and light. Do not store in the bathroom or kitchen.
When Should I Call A Doctor?
Call the doctor if your child has:
Also, call the doctor if your child feels worse or the condition does not improve.
If you think your child may have overdosed, go to the emergency room or call your local poison control center right away.
American Pharmacists Association Foundation
United States Food and Drug Administration
Canadian Pharmacists Association
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Last reviewed June 2011 by Kari Kassir, MD