ONLY for 6 months of age and older

(Children’s Motrin Suspension, 100 mg per 5 ml

Children’s Advil Suspension, 100 mg per 5 ml)

When to use: Ibuprofen should be used to control high fevers which are unresponsive to acetaminophen (Tylenol). It can also be used to control pain and reduce inflammation with bone and joint injuries and inflammation.

Dosage: every 6-8 hours as needed.

Do not use ibuprofen if your child is less than 6 months of age without the advice of a doctor.  Please be aware that there are two liquid dosage strengths of ibuprofen and several strengths of chewable tablets, junior strength tablets and adult tablets. Because of all the available dosing forms, dosing errors are possible. For simplicity, this chart shows the dose for Children’s Motrin Suspension 100 mg. per 5 ml, and Children’s Advil Suspension 100 per 5 ml. Other dosage strengths are safe, but with so many choices the dosages are confusing. We recommend just one strength. Make sure to buy the 100 mg. per 5 mL strength before administering the medication to your child. Then look up the dose on this chart.

Side Effects: May cause stomach upset, other side effects are rare.  Prolonged use can cause stomach ulcers.

Children over the age of 10 years and adults may take ibuprofen tablets (200 mg.), two of these every 6 to 8 hours. Two trade names of ibuprofen tablets are Motrin and Advil.

The dose of ibuprofen 100 mg per 5 ml is given below:

WeightIbuprofen 100 mg. per 5 mL
13 - 17 pounds2.5 mL
18 - 23 pounds4 mL
24 - 35 pounds5 mL
36 - 47 pounds7.5 mL
48 - 59 pounds10 mL
60 - 71 pounds12.5 mL
72 - 96 pounds15 mL
96 pounds and greater20 mL