Child Meds

The doses below are from the childrens national formulary. Please also check on the bottle and be careful how you translate the dose in mg to mls. The information below is intended as a guide and may vary according to the child’s condition. Please discuss with your pharmacist/doctor if any doubt. This is for information only and does not mean that if you are concerned about your child or if the illness is prolonged that you should not see your doctor.

Paracetamol doses

(Unlicensed under 2 months though may be advised by doctor)
Child 3 months  30–60 mg every 8 hours as necessary
(Below every 4-6 hours, max. 4 doses in 24 hours)
Child 3–12 months     60–120 mg
Child 1–6 years           120–250 mg
Child 6–12 years        250–500 mg
Child 12–18 years     500 mg every 4–6 hours

Ibuprofen

  • By mouth
    Child 1–3 months  (UNLICENSED but may be advised by doctor)
  • max. 30 mg/kg daily in 3–4 divided doses:
  • Child 3–6 months           50 mg 3 times daily;
    Child 6 months–1 year 50 mg 3–4 times daily
  • Child 1–4 years               100 mg 3 times daily
  • Child 4–7 years              150 mg 3 times daily
  • max. 30 mg/kg (max. 2.4 g) daily in 3–4 divided doses
  • Child 7–10 years           200 mg 3 times daily
    Child 10–12 years        300 mg 3 times daily
  • Child 12–18 years       maintenance dose of 200–400 mg 3 times daily may be adequate
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