Children's Tylenol Dosage

If you are planning on giving your child Children's Tylenol, dosage amounts will be based on your child's age and weight. A dosage can be given every four hours, but you should not exceed more than five doses in 24 hours. If you accurately know your child's weight, it is best to base the dosing on weight, rather than age.

An Introduction to Dosing With Children's Tylenol

The recommended dosage of Children's Tylenol® (children's acetaminophen) will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your child's age and weight
  • Other medications your child may be taking
  • Other medical conditions your child may have.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust the dosage of Children's Tylenol unless your child's healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 

Children's Tylenol Dosage Chart

Refer to the following chart for information for the recommend Tylenol dose in children:
 
Age (years)
Weight (pounds)
Dose in milligrams (mg)
Children's Tylenol Meltaways (or generic chewable tablets) -- 80 mg per tablet
Children's Tylenol Suspension (or generic suspension) -- 160 mg per teaspoonful
Junior Tylenol (or generic junior strength chewable tablets) -- 160 mg per tablet
Under 2
Under 24
Do not use (instead, use infant Tylenol)
2 to 3
24 to 35
160 mg
2 tablets
1 teaspoonful (5 mL)
Do not use
4 to 5
36 to 47
240 mg
3 tablets
1 ½ teaspoonfuls (7.5 mL)
Do not use
6 to 8
48 to 59
320 mg
4 tablets
2 teaspoonfuls (10 mL)
2 tablets
9 to 10
60 to 71
400 mg
5 tablets
2 ½ teaspoonfuls (12.5 mL)
2 ½ tablets
11 to 12
72 to 95
480 mg
6 tablets
3 teaspoonfuls (15 mL)
3 tablets
 
A dose can be given every four hours, but do not exceed more than five doses in 24 hours. If you accurately know your child's weight, it is best to base the dosage on weight, rather than age.
 
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