Medication can be a great way to help sooth teething pains and reduce a fever. That being said, it is very important that you check the packaging, talk to your doctor and refer to dosage charts when giving your little one any medication.
I lived off a chart that our pediatrician gave us when my daughter was about 3 months old and had a cold. Unfortunately I’ll need to find a new resource when our new baby gets here…did you know that in 2011 infant drops were replaced with less concentrated formulas?
Babycenter.com is a great resource for dosage charts, the different between the “new” and “old” medications and a few tips for giving your child medicine which I’ll summarize a few here:
– Don’t give acetaminophen or ibuprofen to infants under 3 months old without consulting your baby’s doctor.
– Always base your child’s dosage on weight NOT age.
– Use the measuring dropper or cup that comes with the medication.
– If your child is taking any other medications, check with your doctor before giving them acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
These printable medicine dosage charts are a great thing to keep in your medicine cabinet to reference every time you give your baby meds:
Giving medicine can be tricky but don’t get discouraged! If in doubt, your doctor is only a phone call away (that’s what they get paid for). ;o)
Disclaimer: These charts are guides that we have gotten online. Talk to your healthcare provider for proper dosage for your child.