Children’s Ibuprofen Dosage

children's ibuprofen dosage

Ibuprofen for children is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that helps to relieve symptoms of pain, fever, and inflammation associated with headaches, toothache, colds, and injury in children. It is available in different formulations administered orally including syrups, drops, and tablets. Syrups and drops are administered using a syringe or teaspoon, tablets swallowed with water, chewable tablets are swallowed after chewing.

Ibuprofen for children is the most effective and safe when taken in the right prescribed dosage. The children’s ibuprofen dosage is dependent on the age and weight of the child and also the formulation and concentration of the drug. This dosage includes;

Children weighing between 12 and 17 pounds should be given an ibuprofen dose of 50 mg constituting either;

  • 1.25 ml infant drops of 50ml/1.25 ml concentration
  • 2.15 ml or a half teaspoon syrup of 100mg/5ml concentration

Children weighing between 18 -23 pounds should be given an ibuprofen dose of 75 mg constituting either;

  • 1.875 ml infant drops of 50ml/1.25 ml concentration
  • 4 ml or three-quarters of a teaspoon of 100mg/5ml concentration

children's ibuprofen dosageChildren weighing between 24 and 35 pounds should be given an ibuprofen dose of 100 mg constituting either;

  • 2.5 ml infant drops of 50ml/1.25 ml concentration
  • 5 ml or one teaspoon syrup of 100mg/5ml concentration
  • Two chewable 50mg tablets or one chewable 100mg tablet

Children weighing between 36 to 47 pounds should be given an ibuprofen dose of 150 mg constituting either;

  • 3.75 ml infant drops of 50ml/1.25 ml concentration
  • 7.5 ml or one and a half teaspoons syrup of 100mg/5ml concentration
  • Three chewable 50 mg tablets or one and a half chewable 100mg tablets

Children weighing between 48 to 59 pounds should be given an ibuprofen dose of 200 mg constituting either;

  • 5 ml infant drops of 50ml/1.25 ml concentration
  • 10 ml or two teaspoons syrup of 100mg/5ml concentration
  • Four chewable 50 mg tablets or two chewable 100mg tablets

Children weighing between 60 to 71 pounds should be given an ibuprofen dose of 250 mg constituting either;

  • 12.5 ml or two and a half teaspoons syrup of 100mg/5ml concentration
  • Two and a half chewable 100mg tablets

Children weighing between 72 to 95 pounds should be given an ibuprofen dose of 300 mg constituting either;

  • 15 ml or three teaspoons syrup of 100mg/5ml concentration
  • Three chewable 100mg tablets
  • One and a half 200 mg tablets

Children weighing over 96 pounds should be given an ibuprofen dose of 400 mg constituting either;

  • 20 ml or four teaspoons syrup of 100mg/5ml concentration
  • Four chewable 100mg tablets
  • Two 200 mg tablets

The frequency of administering the above children’s ibuprofen dosage should be either three times after every eight hours or four times after every six hours within 24 hours according to the doctor’s prescription.