Acetaminophen for Infants and Children

It is important to always read and follow the label when giving medicine to your child. This guide will help you give your child the right amount of acetaminophen. If possible, use weight to dose your child; otherwise, use age.

It is also important to check the amount (concentration) of acetaminophen in medicines for infants. In 2011, manufacturers changed liquid acetaminophen products for infants. Before this change, liquid acetaminophen products for infants were a different concentration than liquid acetaminophen for older children. Now, both infants’ and children’s acetaminophen are the same strength to standardize concentration and dosing across all single-ingredient liquid acetaminophen products. You can find the concentration for the medicine on the front of the medicine bottle. The new concentration is 160mg/5mL. Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions.

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