Ibuprofen Dosage Chart

Child’s Weight (pounds) 12-17 18-23 24-35 36-47 48-59 60-71 72-95 96+ lbs
Infant Drops 50mg/1.25 mL 1.25 1.875 2.5 3.75 5 mL
Liquid 100 mg/5 mL (tsp) ½ ¾ 1 2 3 4 tsp
Chewable 50 mg. tablets 2 3 4 5 6 8 tabs
Junior-strength 100 mg tablets 2 3 4 tabs
Adult 200 mg. tablets 1 1 2 tabs
Indications: Treatment of fever and pain.
Table Notes:
  • AGE LIMIT: Don’t use under 6 months of age unless directed by child’s doctor. (Reason: safety not established and doesn’t have FDA approval). Avoid multi-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age (FDA recommendations 1/2008).
  • DOSAGE: Determine by finding child’s weight in the top row of the dosage table.
  • BRAND NAMES: Motrin, Advil, generic ibuprofen
  • ADULT DOSAGE: 400 mg
  • FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6-8 hours as needed
  • IBUPROFEN DROPS: Ibuprofen infant drops come with a measuring syringe
  • MEASURING the DOSAGE: Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medication. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. Regular spoons are not reliable. Also, remember that 1 level teaspoon equals 5 ml and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 ml.