Below is a list of common medications you can give your child. Click on one of the medication groups to learn the warnings, precautions and dosage amounts. If you have ANY questions about a medication, contact our office before administering the medication. We will be happy to answer any question, and you'll be certain that you aren't endangering your child by administering a medication that may be harmful to them.
NOTE: New Concentration for Infants. In accordance with FDA recommendations, acetaminophen manufacturers have changed the concentration of infant acetaminophen from 80mg/0.8ml to 160mg/5ml. Be aware that there may be both the old and new concentrations of infants' acetaminophen products available in stores and in medicine cabinets. The pediatric acetaminophen products currently on the market can continue to be used as labeled. Be sure to check the label or contact our office should you have questions. It is important to note that the old infants' acetaminophen concentrated drops have 3x more medicine than the new infants' acetaminophen oral suspension.
*CAUTION: We recommend that you use the dropper or dosage cup that comes with your medicine to avoid overdosage. Dosage recommendations on bottles may vary from the recommendation on these pages. We would like you to use our recommended dosages unless your health care provider has given you a different (usually higher) dosage. Aspirin should not be given to your child. DO NOT GIVE TO AN INFANT UNDER 2 MONTHS OF AGE. If your child is less than 2 months of age and has a fever, seek medical attention.
|DO NOT GIVE TO AN INFANT LESS THAN 2 MONTHS OLD. Do not exceed 5 doses in 24 hours.||May Give Every||
|12-17 lbs||18-23 lbs||24-35 lbs||36-47 lbs||48-59 lbs||60-85 lbs|
|NEW INFANT CONCENTRATION(Suspension) Check Bottle! 160mg/5ml||4 - 6 hours||1.25 ml||
|10 ml||12.5ml (15 ml if over 72 lbs)|
|OLD INFANT CONCENTRATION(Drops) Check Bottle! 80 mg/0.8 ml||4 - 6 hours||
|Chewable 80 mg tablets||4 - 6 hours||2 tab.||3 tab.||4 tab.||6 tab.|
|Chewable Junior 160 mg||4 - 6 hours||2 tab.||3 tab.|
|Elixir 160 mg/5 ml||4 - 6 hours||2.5ml||3.75ml||5ml||7.5ml||10ml||15ml|
|Suppository 120 mg||4 - 6 hours||1 supp.||1.5 supp.|
|Suppository 325 mg||4 - 6 hours||1/2 supp.||3/4 supp.||1 supp.|
|Suppository 80 mg||4 - 6 hours||1 supp.||1.5 supp.||2 supp.||
CAUTION: DO NOT GIVE TO AN INFANT UNDER 6 MONTHS OF AGE.
Consult with a physician or pharmacist before combining any medication. Some drugs may contain additional pain relievers. Aspirin should not be given to your child.
DO NOT GIVE IF LESS THAN 6 MONTHS OLD
|May Give Every||12-17 lbs
|36-47 lbs||48-59 lbs||60-85 lbs|
|Chewable Tablets 100 mg||6 hours||1 tab.||1 1/2 tab||2 tab.||2 1/2 tab|
|Chewable Tablets 50 mg||6 hours||2 tab||3 tab||4 tab.||5 tab|
|DROPS 50 mg/1.25 ml*||6 hours||1.25 ml||1.875 ml||2.5 ml||3.75 ml|
|Suspension 100 mg/5 ml||6 hours||5 ml||7.5 ml||10 ml||12.5 ml|
|Tablets 200 mg||6 hours||1 tab||
Honey has been proven to help with cough more than cough medications.
WARNING!! DO NOT GIVE HONEY TO A CHILD LESS THAN ONE YEAR OLD.
Aug. 6, 2012 -- Ask any parent: When your little one has a cough, no one gets any sleep. But 2 teaspoons of honey before bedtime may safely relieve your child's coughing and make sure everyone gets their ZZZ's.
That's the main message from a new study in September's issue ofPediatrics.
Today's parents don't have many options to safely treat colds and coughs in their young ones. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines don't work for children younger than 6 years and may pose risks. The FDA takes a similar stance.
In the new study, 270 children aged 1 to 5 with nighttime cough due to simple colds received one of three types of honey or a non-honey liquid of similar taste and consistency 30 minutes before bedtime. Parents completed questionnaires about their child's cough and sleep on the night before the study began and then again the night after their kids were treated.
Children received either 2 teaspoons of eucalyptus honey, citrus honey, labiatae honey, or similar-tasting silan date extract 30 minutes before bed. All kids did better the second night of the study, including those given the date extract. But children who received honey coughed less frequently, less severely, and were less likely to lose sleep due to the cough when compared to those who didn't get honey.