How much Tylenol can I give my baby before vaccines?

The amount of Tylenol you can give your infant before their vaccinations depends on their weight. On the bottle there are dosage instructions, but if your child is younger than the ages on the bottle you will need to call the pediatrician. Here are some dosing tips to help you give your child the right amount of medicine every time.

Call the Doctor

You will need to call the doctor every time you consider giving your child Baby Tylenol. The reason why is your doctor is the expert on exactly how much your baby can take. Your baby will gain weight quite rapidly so it is important to have an accurate weight before dosing. Never guess your baby’s weight and if you must tell your doctor a weight go with what they weighed at their last well baby checkup. It is preferable to give too little than too much.

Dosing

Do not use a teaspoon to give medicine to your baby. That is because there is not a standard sized teaspoon and this could end up in major dosage errors. Some medicines will give doses in ounces while others will use milliliters. Because of this you should never use dosing devices from other medicines. Only use the dosage device that is provided with the medicine you are using. Similarly, do not try to make any conversions. If the Tylenol bottle gives doses in milliliters do not try to do the math and figure out how much of an ounce this would be. Go buy another dosing device if you can’t find the one that comes with your Tylenol.

Schedule

It is important to keep track of when you give your baby Tylenol and when they are scheduled for their next dose. Do not ever give the medicine any sooner than is directed because this could have side effects. It is best to keep track of how much medicine your child was given and at what time so there are never any discrepancies or questions at the next dosing time.

Light

Always measure your child’s dosage of medicine in a light room. If you measure in the dark you are more apt to make a mistake. When it comes to medicine dosages the last thing you want to do is make a mistake and give too much so always turn the light on, even if it is the middle of the night!


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