MEDICATIONS

As fevers are the body's most basic defense mechanism against infections, we only recommend treating the patient with medication IF the patient is uncomfortable.  For example, if your child has a 104 fever and acting normal (feeding well, playful, interactive) then no medication is needed.  If, however, your child is at 99 or 100 and has chills, aches, pains, and cannot get comfortable using parental soothing techniques, then medication would be advised to comfort the child.  In other words, the medication is not necessarily used to treat the fever, it is used to treat discomfort.  Our bodies NEED the high temperature to rid ourselves of whatever virus or bacteria is causing us to be sick. 

 

That being said, below are the dosage schedules, if medication is needed.

         Tylenol  (liquid)

                            Given 4 - 6 hours 

                 Weight                              Dosage

           6-12 pounds                 1.25 mL=40 mg

        12-17.5 pounds                2.5 mL=80 mg

        17.5-23 pounds             3.75 mL=120 mg

          23-29 pounds               5.0 mL=160 mg

          29-35 pounds               6.25 mL=200 mg

          35-41 pounds              7.5 mL=240 mg

          41-47 pounds               8.75 mL=280 mg

          47-53 pounds              10 mL=320 mg

        53-58.5 pounds           11.25 mL=360 mg

      58.5-64.5 pounds           12.5 mL=400 mg

      64.5-70.5 pounds          13.75 mL=440 mg

        70.5-76 pounds            15 mL=480 mg

         76-82 pounds             16.25 mL= 520 mg

         82-88 pounds              17.5 mL=560 mg

         88-94 pounds            18.75 mL=600 mg

            >94 pounds                 20 mL=640 mg

Advil/Motrin   (liquid)

                                 Given 6 - 8 hours

                   Weight                           Dosage

             5.5-11 pounds           1.25 mL=25 mg

            11-16.5 pounds           2.5 mL=50 mg

           16.5-22 pounds          3.75 mL=75 mg

           22-27.5 pounds          5.0 mL=100 mg

           27.5-33 pounds        6.25 mL= 125 mg

          33-38.5 pounds           7.5 mL=150 mg

          38.5-44 pounds          8.75 mL=175 mg

          44-49.5 pounds           10 mL=200 mg

          49.5-55 pounds        11.25 mL=225 mg

          55-60.5 pounds        12.5 mL=250 mg

          60.5-66 pounds        13.75 mL=275 mg

           66-71.5 pounds           15 mL=300 mg

           71.5-76 pounds         16.25 mL=325 mg

           76-81.5 pounds          17.5 mL=350 mg

           81.5-87 pounds         18.75 mL=375 mg

              >87 pounds                20 mL=400 mg

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