Ibuprofen Dosage for Children: A Parent’s Guide
Ibuprofen is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory medicine. It is used to treat colds, minor injuries, inflammation caused by arthritis and headache. Ibuprofen is not just for adults it is also used to treat children who are suffering from minor injuries they got from playing and they can also take ibuprofen when they have colds that usually can cause headaches. Check out the proper ibuprofen dosage for children to avoid medicine overdose.
Parents should take a look at the dosage of Ibuprofen before the child take the medicine to avoid medicine overdose. Ibuprofen is generally safe for children if taken are directed by parents.
Ibuprofen has two forms liquid and tablet. It’s up to you what type of form you want to use for your child. There are things you need to consider so that you can give the right dosage of Ibuprofen to your child and they are the following.
- Child’s weight
- You should know how much Ibuprofen a tablet had. One teaspoon is equivalent to 1.25 milliliters or 5 ml of the drugs you are using.
- If you are using liquid the label of the brand of the drugs will tell you.
Ibuprofen Dosage For Children
|12 to 17 pounds or 5.4 to 7.7kg||18 to 23 lbs or 8 to 10kg|
|Weight 24 to 35 lbs or 10.5 to 15.5 kg||Weight 36 to 47 lbs or 16 to 21 kg|
|Weight 48 to 59 lbs or 21.5 to 26.5 kg||Weight 60 to 71 lbs or 27 to 32 kg|
|Weight 72 to 95 lbs or 32.5 to 43 kg||Weight 96 lbs or 43.5 kg|
Taking ibuprofen should be guided especially to children since ibuprofen can raise the risk of having a heart attack and stroke. If your child is suffering from heart diseases it’s better not to use ibuprofen for him it might make his condition worse. Aside from this Ibuprofen can cause stomach upset and intestinal bleeding and in some cases it can be fatal.
Parents should remember that taking ibuprofen did not require a dosing schedule but in case you are following the dosing schedule and you miss the dose just live it and do not double the dose of the medicine. Below are some few reminders:
- Before you give the medicine to your child make sure that he already it so that stomach upset will be avoided since ibuprofen can cause some allergies if misused.
- Do not give Ibuprofen to children under 6 months old.
- Read all the instruction and follow it carefully before you give the medicine to your child.
- If you are not sure what type of medicine your child should take go to your doctor.
- Make sure that you know the strength and weakness of the medicine you bought from the pharmacy.
- Find right dose on chart
- You only give what is directed
- If you are using liquid form of ibuprofen shake it before using.
- Do not use the medicine more than four times a day
- Do not use other dosing devices just use the provided dosing device from the medicine you buy.
When your child is accidental overdose do not panic bring your child to the hospital for medical attention or you can call the emergency hotline. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, bloody stools, and shallow breathing
Common Side Effects of Ibuprofen
- Upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting
- Mild itching or rashes
- Don’t have an appetite to eat
- Hearing something is ringing in your ears
- Diarrhea, constipation and bloating