What is ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen for children: Overview

Ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) is an over-the-counter medicine. It's used to reduce fever and treat pain and inflammation.

This medicine comes in special doses for children. Your doctor may call these "pediatric doses." It's available as chewable tablets and liquid.

When you give ibuprofen to your child, make sure to use the right amount for your child's size and weight.

What are some examples of children's ibuprofen?

Examples of ibuprofen for children include:

  • Children's Advil.
  • Children's Motrin.
  • Junior Strength Advil.
  • Motrin Infant Drops.

How can you safely give ibuprofen to children?

  • Your child's over-the-counter medicine will have a "Drug Facts" label. On the label, you'll find directions for your child's age or weight. You'll see the dose to give and how often to give the dose. Do not use ibuprofen if your child is less than 6 months old unless the doctor told you how to use it. For children 6 months and older, read and follow all instructions on the label.
    • Be extra careful with liquid medicines. Infants usually need a different dose than older children do. And some liquid forms are stronger (more concentrated) than others. Always read the label so that you give the right dose.
  • Talk to your doctor before you give medicine to reduce a fever in a baby who is 3 months of age or younger. Your doctor will want to make sure that your young baby's fever is not a sign of a serious illness.
  • Call your doctor if you think your child is having a problem with the medicine.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist before you give your child any other medicines. This includes over-the-counter medicines. Make sure your doctor knows all of the medicines, vitamins, herbal products, and supplements your child takes. Taking some medicines together can cause problems.

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