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Infant Acetaminophen Dosage

General Information on Using Infant Acetaminophen

Considerations for people using infant acetaminophen include the following:
  • Infant acetaminophen is taken by mouth. Dispense the medication slowly into your child's mouth toward the inner cheek. Do not try to squirt it down the throat.
  • Double-check the concentration and the dosage before every dose. The concentration of new infant acetaminophen is different from the old concentration.  


  • Acetaminophen can be taken without regard to food or breastfeeding. However, you may want to avoid giving a dose just after a feeding, as your baby may be more likely to spit up the medication.
  • Be sure to shake the bottle well before every single dose of infant acetaminophen.
  • Make sure you know exactly how much medication to give your child and exactly how to measure the dose. If you are not sure, ask your child's healthcare provider.
  • It is important to keep track of how much infant acetaminophen you give your child, as it is easy to give too much (see Tylenol Poisoning). It is important to remember that acetaminophen is found in many medications (both prescription and non-prescription).
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your infant's acetaminophen dosage, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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