Pediatric Pain/Fever Relief:

Recommendations for Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Dosing

• Giving Acetaminophen prior to vaccination is not recommended.

• Acetaminophen should be administered based on the weight of child not age.

• Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) should not be used under 6 months of age.

• Your baby may run a fever after vaccination. This is not an uncommon occurrence.

• Consider using Acetaminophen only if your child develops symptoms, such as increased fussiness, or a fever of 101 degrees or greater. If symptoms continue, you may repeat a dose every 4 to 6 hours up to 5 doses in 24 hours.

• It is not recommended to give Acetaminophen automatically every 4-6 hours following vaccination.

ACETAMINOPHEN (TYLENOL) DOSING CHART

Weight: Milligram Dosage Children's liquid 160mg/5ml Children's soft chews 80mg each Junior strength Caps or chews 160mg each
6-8 lbs 40mg ¼ tsp (1.25ml) N/A N/A
9-11 lbs 60mg 1/3 tsp (1.8ml) N/A N/A
12-17 lbs 80mg ½ tsp (2.5ml) N/A N/A
18-23 lbs 120mg ¾ tsp (3.75ml) N/A N/A
24-29 lbs 160mg 1 tsp (5ml) 2 tablets 1 tablet
30-35 lbs 200mg 1 ¼ tsp (6.25ml) 2 ½ tablets  
36-40 lbs 240mg 1 ½ tsp (7.5ml) 3 tablets 1 ½ tablet
41-46 lbs 280mg 1 ¾ tsp (8.75ml) 3 ½ tablets  
47-58 lbs 320mg 2 tsp (10ml) 4 tablets 2 tablets
59-69 lbs 400mg 2 ½ tsp(12.5ml) 5 tablets 2 ½ tablets
70-81 lbs 480mg 3 tsp (15ml) 6 tablets 3 tablets
82-94 lbs 560mg 3 ½ tsp (17.5ml) 7 tablets 3 ½ tablets
95-110 lbs 640mg 4 tsp (20ml) 8 tablets 4 tablets
>110 lbs   Adult Dosage