It is important to always read and follow the label when giving medicine to your child, and only use a medicine that treats your child’s specific symptoms. When possible, dose by your child’s weight using the directions on the label or instructions from your healthcare provider. And always use the dosing device (oral syringe or dosing cup) that comes with the product.

This guide will help you give your child the right amount of acetaminophen.

acetaminophen dosage chart

Acetaminophen Dosing for Infants and Children

Always use the measured dosing device (oral syringe or plastic cup) that came with the medicine
Use formulations made for infants and children, not adult products
Dose by weight (preferred) or age, according to the instructions on the medicine label or from your child’s healthcare provider
Put all medicine up and away and out of sight after every use to avoid accidental ingestion by curious children
ACETAMINOPHEN DOSAGE FOR CHILD AGE:

UNDER 2 YEARS

If your child is under 2 years of age, be sure to ask your healthcare provider for the right dose.
ACETAMINOPHEN DOSAGE FOR CHILD WEIGHT/AGE:

24-35 lbs | 2-3 years

Infants’ suspension liquid 160 mg/5 mL


5 mL (1 tsp)

Children’s suspension liquid 160 mg/5 mL


5 mL (1 tsp)

Children’s tablets – 80 mg


2 tablets

Children and junior’s tablets – 160 mg


1 tablets

ACETAMINOPHEN DOSAGE FOR CHILD WEIGHT/AGE:

36-47 lbs | 4-5 years

Infants’ suspension liquid 160 mg/5 mL

ask a healthcare provider

Children’s suspension liquid 160 mg/5 mL


7.5 mL (1.5 tsp)

Children’s tablets – 80 mg


3 tablets

Children and junior’s tablets – 160 mg


1.5 tablets

ACETAMINOPHEN DOSAGE FOR CHILD WEIGHT/AGE:

48-59 lbs | 6-8 years

Infants’ suspension liquid 160 mg/5 mL

ask a healthcare provider

Children’s suspension liquid 160 mg/5 mL


10 mL (2 tsp)

Children’s tablets – 80 mg


4 tablets

Children and junior’s tablets – 160 mg


2 tablets

ACETAMINOPHEN DOSAGE FOR CHILD WEIGHT/AGE:

60-71 lbs | 9-10 years

Infants’ suspension liquid 160 mg/5 mL

ask a healthcare provider

Children’s suspension liquid 160 mg/5 mL


12.5 mL (2.5 tsp)

Children’s tablets – 80 mg


5 tablets

Children and junior’s tablets – 160 mg


2.5 tablets

ACETAMINOPHEN DOSAGE FOR CHILD WEIGHT/AGE:

72-95 lbs | 11 years

Infants’ suspension liquid 160 mg/5 mL

ask a healthcare provider

Children’s suspension liquid 160 mg/5 mL


15 mL (3 tsp)

Children’s tablets – 80 mg


6 tablets

Children and junior’s tablets – 160 mg


3 tablets