Safe Dosing for Pediatric Liquid
Acetaminophen
When your little one is sick, nothing is more
important than knowing how to...
Previous Strength and Dosing Device

Infants’ liquid acetaminophen used to
come in concentrated drops — 80
milligrams of a...
Changes to Liquid Acetaminophen

Now, all pediatric liquid acetaminophen
– infants’ and children’s – is one
consistent str...
Infants’ Dosing Device

The new, lower concentration infants’
liquid acetaminophen includes a plastic
oral syringe, rather...
Children’s Dosing Device

All children’s single-ingredient liquid
acetaminophen products include a
small plastic measuring...
Use the Proper Dosing Device

In order to correctly measure the right
amount of liquid acetaminophen,
always use the dosin...
When to Consult Your Doctor
While the new dosing devices and
strength of infants’ liquid
acetaminophen help prevent possib...
Proper Dosing
Weight

Infants’
Acetaminophen

Children’s
Acetaminophen

Concentration Via
Plastic Oral Syringe
(160 mg/5 m...
Other Safety Precautions
While the transition into the lower
concentration of infants’ liquid
acetaminophen began a couple...
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When your little one is sick, nothing is more important than knowing how to treat them with care. The makers of pediatric liquid acetaminophen, the most commonly used medicine to treat pain and fever in children, have made certain changes to help parents ensure proper dosing. There used to be two concentrations: one for infants 0 – 3 years of age and one for children 2 – 12 years of age. Now both infants’ and children’s liquid acetaminophen are made in the same strength to make it easier for parents and caregivers to avoid common dosing errors.

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Safe Dosing for Pediatric Liquid Acetaminophen

  1. 1. Safe Dosing for Pediatric Liquid Acetaminophen When your little one is sick, nothing is more important than knowing how to treat them with care. The makers of pediatric liquid acetaminophen, the most commonly used medicine to treat pain and fever in children, have made certain changes to help parents ensure proper dosing. There used to be two concentrations: one for infants 0 – 3 years of age and one for children 2 – 12 years of age. Now both infants’ and children’s liquid acetaminophen are made in the same strength to make it easier for parents and caregivers to avoid common dosing errors. By TJ Gold, MD
  2. 2. Previous Strength and Dosing Device Infants’ liquid acetaminophen used to come in concentrated drops — 80 milligrams of acetaminophen per 0.8 mL (80mg/0.8mL) or 80 milligrams per 1.0 mL (80mg/1.0mL) — and was administered by mouth via a dropper.
  3. 3. Changes to Liquid Acetaminophen Now, all pediatric liquid acetaminophen – infants’ and children’s – is one consistent strength (160 mg/5mL) and includes new dosing instructions and age-appropriate dosing devices: • A plastic oral syringe for infants • A plastic measuring cup for children
  4. 4. Infants’ Dosing Device The new, lower concentration infants’ liquid acetaminophen includes a plastic oral syringe, rather than a dropper, for age-appropriate dosing. The syringe is for use with the new concentration (160 mg/5 mL) and should be administered by mouth.
  5. 5. Children’s Dosing Device All children’s single-ingredient liquid acetaminophen products include a small plastic measuring cup for children ages 2 – 12.
  6. 6. Use the Proper Dosing Device In order to correctly measure the right amount of liquid acetaminophen, always use the dosing device provided with the purchased product. Using household objects like spoons or measuring devices from other medicine packages could result in dosing errors.
  7. 7. When to Consult Your Doctor While the new dosing devices and strength of infants’ liquid acetaminophen help prevent possible dosing errors, if your child is under 2 years of age, always consult your pediatrician for proper dosing instructions. The Drug Facts label on the packaging of infants’ acetaminophen doesn’t include dosing instructions for this age group. Your pediatrician can provide you with your child’s age and weight appropriate dose.
  8. 8. Proper Dosing Weight Infants’ Acetaminophen Children’s Acetaminophen Concentration Via Plastic Oral Syringe (160 mg/5 mL) Concentration Via Plastic Measuring Cup (160 mg/5 mL) 6-11 lbs. 1.25 mL 12-17 lbs. 2.5 mL 2.5 mL 18-23 lbs. 3.75 mL 3.75 mL 24-35 lbs. 5 mL 5 mL 36-47 lbs. 7.5 mL 48-59 lbs. 10 mL 60-71 lbs. 12.5 mL 72-95 lbs. 15 mL 96+ lbs. 20 mL Proper dosing for both children’s and infants’ single ingredient liquid acetaminophen is based on the child’s age and weight. Always consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions regarding dosing instructions.
  9. 9. Other Safety Precautions While the transition into the lower concentration of infants’ liquid acetaminophen began a couple of years ago, parents should still be on the lookout for old versions on store shelves or stowed away in household medicine cabinets. Always carefully read and follow the Drug Facts Label to ensure proper dosing and remember to store all medicines up and away and out of sight after each use.

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