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When and How to Take Infant Acetaminophen

General considerations for when and how to take 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.
     

Infant Acetaminophen Dosing Information

The recommended dose of infant acetaminophen will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The age and weight of the child
  • Other medications your child may be taking
  • Other medical conditions your child may have.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your infant's dose of acetaminophen unless his or her healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Infant Acetaminophen Dosage for more information.)
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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