What is ibuprofen?
Ibuprofen is a generic name for drugs that are used to ache and pain relief. It also reduces fever. It is an over-the-counter (OTC) medication that is safe even for children when correctly used. However, giving your children the incorrect dosage can lead to dangerous problems including confusion, stomach problems, and kidney conditions. Thus, knowing the right dosage for your kids is crucial.
Different Forms of Ibuprofen
Ibuprofen comes in different forms. There are tablets, chewable, and liquids. In other countries, there are ibuprofens even in the form of rectal suppositories. It can also be bought over the counter.
How to Identify the Correct Dosage
You can provide the right dosage for your children by looking at the provided dosage chart in the packaging. Usually, it is categorized by age such as 1 teaspoon for 2 years and below. However, doctors usually prefer a child’s weight as a basis of the dosage instead of his/her age.
Below is a dosage recommendations made by manufacturers and doctors. But it does not have any intention to replace your doctor’s advice. Your child may be younger than 2 years old, thus you need to get approval from his/her health care professional before giving any medications. Moreover, you have to contact the child’s health care provider if you have any concerns or questions about a certain medicine you may want to give your child.
- For children whose age is 6 to 11 months, and weight is 12 to 17 lbs., they may take 1.25 ml of ibuprofen infant drops.
- For children whose age is 12 to 23 months, and weight is 18 to 23 lbs., they may take 1.875 ml of ibuprofen infant drops.
- For children whose age is 6 to 11 months, and weight is 18 to 23 lbs., refer to your doctor for the appropriate dosage of ibuprofen children’s liquid. The same with children whose age is 12 to 23 months and weight is between 18 and 23 lbs.
- For children 2 to 3 years old, and weight is between 24 and 35 lbs., you may give 1 teaspoon of ibuprofen children’s liquid.
- For children 4 to 5 years old, and weight is between 36 and 47 lbs., you may give 1 ½ teaspoon of ibuprofen children’s liquid.
- For children ages 6 to 8 and have a weight between 48 and 59 lbs., you may give 2 teaspoons of ibuprofen children’s liquid.
- For children whose age is 9 to 10 years old, and weight is between 60 and 71 lbs., you may give 2 ½ teaspoons of ibuprofen children’s liquid.
- For children whose age is 11 years old, and weigh between 72 and 95 lbs., you may give 3 teaspoons of ibuprofen children’s liquid.
- For children whose age is 6 to 8 years old, and weigh between 48 and 59 lbs., you may give 2 tablets of ibuprofen jr. strength chewable.
- For children whose age is between 9 and 10, and weight between 60 and 71 lbs., you may give 2 ½ tablets of ibuprofen jr. strength chewable.
- For children whose age is 11 years old, and have a weight of 72 to 95 lbs, you may give 3 tablets of ibuprofen jr. strength chewable.
We’ve made a summarize table so you can look and identify the appropriate dosage easier:
Ibuprofen Infant Drops
Ibuprofen Children’s Liquid
Ibuprofen Junior Strength Chewables
|Under 6 months old||Any weight||Ask your doctor|
|6 to 11 months||12 to 17 lbs.||1.25 ml||Ask your doctor|
|12 to 23 months||18 to 23 lbs.||1.875 ml||Ask your doctor|
|2 to 3 years old||24 to 35 lbs.||1 teaspoon||Not recommended|
|4 to 5 years old||36 to 47 lbs.||1 ½ teaspoon||Not recommended|
|6 to 8 years old||48 to 59 lbs.||2 teaspoons||2 tablets|
|9 to 10 years old||60 to 71 lbs.||2 ½ teaspoons||2 ½ tablets|
|11 years old||72 to 95 lbs.||3 teaspoons||3 tablets|
NOTE: Talk to your doctor to ensure proper dosage.
What to Remember When Giving Ibuprofen to Your Child
Moreover, there are other things you need to know when giving ibuprofen. Here is the list:
Always check the expiration date
Knowing the expiration date of the medication will make you learn if it is still effective or turned poisonous. If ibuprofen is expired, dispose of it properly and buy a new product.
Check for the recommended dosage and give the medication from the enclosed cup, dropper, or syringe.
This is important, especially for infants. There are the most sensitive in terms of dosage. By using the enclosed measurement tool, your child will avoid overdose by providing the right milliliters (ml). Using a kitchen spoon or measuring tool from other products can give you a risk of overdose. Moreover, children whose age is under 6 years old are not candidates for tablets or chewable at it may choke them.
Choose a flavor that your child likes.
There are a variety of flavors that your child may like if he/she doesn’t like the one you purchased.
Consider the age and temperature of a child.
When giving your child ibuprofen due to fever, you have to base the dosage on his/her temperature and age. For instance, you may call your doctor if a 3-month-old infant (and younger) have a 38 °C temperature and higher.
Don’t force your child.
If you see your child spat ibuprofen that he/she did not even swallow, don’t force him/her another one. Let the child calm down first before providing the same dose. But if the case is your child vomited a swallowed ibuprofen, let 6 hours pass before offering him/her another one. But if it is the whole tablet that he/she vomited, you don’t need to wait for 6 hours.
Don’t let your child take other medications that have ibuprofen contents.
The common diseases that ibuprofen treats are allergies, cold, and cough. If you already give ibuprofen to your child and wanting to give another medication, speak to the child’s doctor first. You may not know if the medicine has ibuprofen content that will lead your child to overdose. Overdosing with ibuprofen have unwanted side effects such as stomach and intestine damage.
Your child may take ibuprofen every 6 hours or 8 or as needed.
But more than 4 doses in a 24-hour period is in danger of overdose.