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Motrin dosage by weight or age?

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07/30/14

Over the counter pain relief medications like Tylenol, Motrin and Ibuprofen should be administered according to the child's weight. Because a child's weight can affect the efficacy of the medication, going by age isn't always an accurate method. This is one reason why my son is weighed at every single doctor's appointment in case he ends up having to take any medication.

It's important to use the measuring device that comes with the medicine and make sure to re-read the instructions carefully so you don't accidentally give an overdose. Motrin and Ibuprofen should also not be used in children under 6 months.

Remember, always call the pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns.

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