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A Weekly Medical Minute: Motrin for Children

Motrin is a commonly used medication to treat fever in children over 6 months of age. Motrin, which is the same medication as Ibuprofen and Advil, is very effective at treating fever, headaches as well as a basic pain reliever. Motrin is generally considered as an alternative to Tylenol, which can also be used to treat these symptoms. Motrin can be taken every 6 hours, and can be used in rotation with Tylenol every 4 hours to keep down high fevers.

Motrin should never be given to a child under 6 months of age, and should not be given to a child under 2 years old without first consulting with their child’s primary physician.

Infant Motrin Dosing Information (50mg/5mL):

12-17 lbs or  6-11 months: 1.25 mL

18-23 lbs or 12-23 months: 1.875 mL

Childrens Motrin Dosing information (100mg/5mL):

24-35 lbs or 2-3 years of age:  5 mL

36-47 lbs or 4-5 years of age: 7.5 mL

48-59 lbs or 6-8 years of age: 10 mL

60-71 lbs or 9-10 years of age: 12.5 mL

72-95 lbs or 11 years of age: 15 mL

(mL = Milliliters)

This Weeks Medical Minute is Sponsored by Kāmin Health – Crown Heights Urgent Care Located at 555 Lefferts Avenue

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