How much ibuprofen should I give my child?

Ibuprofen paediatric dose calculator

  • The dose of ibuprofen is based on a child’s weight.
  • Weigh your child and use the calculator below to calculate their correct dose.
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  • Note: this calculator was developed specifically for Healthify. It does not collect or record any personal data, and all calculations are done on your own computer, not on our servers.
  • Note: The dose for ibuprofen ranges between 5 to 10 mg/kg per dose (maximum of 400 mg) every 6 to 8 hours (maximum 1.6g daily). This calculator uses a standard dose of 6 mg/kg per dose as recommended by the National HealthPathways for analgesia in children with acute pain.

If you are giving ibuprofen to your child, and are unsure of how much to give, always check with your pharmacist. Read more about ibuprofen for children.

Disclaimer: Calculations must be re-checked and should not be used alone to guide patient care, nor should they substitute for clinical judgment.

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Reviewed by: Dr Jeremy Steinberg, GP