Ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to relieve pain and reduce fever and inflammation. If your child is allergic to aspirin, do not give him or her ibuprofen.
Be sure to follow these medicine precautions:
Dosage: Dosages are based on the child's weight. Give the medicine every 6 hours. Do not give more than 4 doses in a 24-hour period.
|Child's weight in pounds (lb)||Child's weight in kilograms (kg)||Dose in milligrams (mg)|
|Less than 12 lb||Less than 6 kg||Ask a doctor|
|12–17 lb||7–8 kg||50 mg|
|18–23 lb||9–10 kg||75 mg|
|24–35 lb||11–16 kg||100 mg|
|36–47 lb||17–21 kg||150 mg|
|48–59 lb||22–27 kg||200 mg|
|60–71 lb||28–32 kg||250 mg|
|72–95 lb||33–43 kg||300 mg|
|96 lb and above||44 kg and above||Adult dose|
Side effects of ibuprofen are usually mild. Stomach upset or discomfort is the most common side effect. Taking ibuprofen with food may help.
Do not give your child ibuprofen if he or she has any of the following:
Do not give your child ibuprofen if he or she is taking any of the following medicines:
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofJune 4, 2014
Current as of: June 4, 2014
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