The following table gives acetaminophen dosing guidelines by weight. It can be used for the different products available, including Tylenol, generics and store brands. Acetaminophen can be administered every four hours.

Acetaminophen is a very effective medicine for fever and pain. It has NO effect on other symptoms related to a cold.

Never give acetaminophen to INFANTS UNDER FOUR MONTHS OF AGE without talking to our office first

If your child has a stiff neck, is unusually lethargic or unresponsive, or might be dehydrated please call our office immediately.

Infant drops and the children's syrup have very different concentrations. Use only the dropper provided with the infant drops and the teaspoon to measure the dose of the children's syrup.

Many over-the-counter cold and cough preparations also contain acetaminophen. Use of these products along with an acetaminophen preparation may result in a dangerous overdose. We recommend single-ingredient medications whenever possible.

Acetaminophen is also available as a rectal suppository for use in children who refuse to take medicine by mouth or who are vomiting. The brand name is Feverall, and it is available in most pharmacies. This medication can be very helpful when used appropriately, but dosing guidelines vary. Use rectal acetaminophen only on the recommendation of our office.

If your child is sick and you would like them seen in the office, you can book a same day sick (week days) or urgent care visit (weekends/holidays) using MyChart.

WeightDoseInfant Oral Suspension**
Children's Syrup
6-12 lbs40 mg1.25 ml   
12-17 lbs80 mg 2.5 ml2.5 ml  
18-23 lbs120 mg3.75 ml3.75 ml  
24-35 lbs160 mg5 ml5 ml 21
36-47 lbs240 mg 7.5 ml31 ½
48-59 lbs320 mg 10 ml42
60-71 lbs400 mg 12.5 ml52 ½
72-95 lbs480 mg 15 ml63
95+ lbs640 mg 20 ml84