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How much infant Motrin do you give your toddler during teething?

post #1 of 35
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I have 17 month old twins.....My ds is 24 pounds......For about 8 months now our ped. says that he is a big boy and to give him 1 tsp of inants motrin (5ml). Now on the bottle it says up to 23 pounds or 2 yrs should have 1.875. 5ml is 2.5 times that amount. The first time he said that I got home and thought I had heard wrong...but the next two times we were there he said the same thing. I still haven't given him 5ml because it seems like so much. I did give him 4ml once and was worried all night that I had drugged him. No, the 1.875 doesn't seem to help him much during teething but I don't want to give him too much.....and between him and his sister.....if he got 5ml each time, those bottles would be gone in less than a day and they are expensive....has anyone else been told to give that much to their toddler and is it safe?
post #2 of 35
If your son is 24 pounds and the bottle says up to 23 pounds then it is time to switch to Children's Motrin and then follow the dosing on that bottle for his weight (especially since the 1.875 ml doesn't help him because his weight is over the limit). I agree that 5 ml is WAY too much. I would follow what the drug company recommends over what one doctor says!!
post #3 of 35
do you have the infant formula or the elixer? those concentrations are very different. The infant formula is the little bottle with a dropper the elixer comes with at medicine cup and us usually a 4oz bottle.
I prefer the dye-free variety my box states 24-35lbs dose is 1tsp/5ml.
post #4 of 35
Are you sure the doctor said 5ml of infant's motrin and not children's motrin? The infant stuff is more concentrated.

In general, the answer to "how much motrin do you give to your toddler during teething" is "none." Unless the child is inconsolable, nothing else is helping, and the pain is interfering with sleep (and thus MY sleep and my ability to function well and be an effective parent) then I don't medicate at all. Maybe I'd give one dose at night during the worst of it, then not give another dose until the following evening if the child still needs it.

Hyland's teething tablets were a lifesaver when I had teething babies!
post #5 of 35
I don't. We've always used Hyland's teething tablets. They're homeopathic so I don't need to worry about over or under dosing, nor do I worry about the chemicals and artificial *stuff* that may or may not be in children's medication. Example: red dye in children's liquid pain relievers, artificial dyes are petroleum based which isn't something most parents want to put in their children's bodies.
post #6 of 35
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Originally Posted by CryPixie83 View Post
I don't. We've always used Hyland's teething tablets. They're homeopathic so I don't need to worry about over or under dosing, nor do I worry about the chemicals and artificial *stuff* that may or may not be in children's medication. Example: red dye in children's liquid pain relievers, artificial dyes are petroleum based which isn't something most parents want to put in their children's bodies.

ugh thats not true. hylands tabs contain herbs which are posionous if given too much. belladona is one of them.
post #7 of 35
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ugh thats not true. hylands tabs contain herbs which are posionous if given too much. belladona is one of them.
But the way homeopathics are formulated, you can't give "too much." Even if a child consumed the whole bottle, the amount they'd be ingesting is negligible.
post #8 of 35
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ugh thats not true. hylands tabs contain herbs which are posionous if given too much. belladona is one of them.
Nope. The amounts are so incredibly little that they're perfectly safe and you can't OD. Even super-mainstream sites will tell you that.

-Angela
post #9 of 35
I would skip the motrin altogether. Our pediatrician only recommends that for very high fevers. That's some strong stuff.

I have the homeopathic gentle naturals teething drops for ds. I've used it a few times when I couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. I guessed teething, and it seemed to help.
post #10 of 35
I'm with the posters that answered "none".
post #11 of 35
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Originally Posted by nataliachick7 View Post
ugh thats not true. hylands tabs contain herbs which are posionous if given too much. belladona is one of them.
According to Hyland's, their products are not even considered herbal by the FDA. They use too little of the herb to be considered herbal.

Also, the amount of any substance in a homeopathic preparation is neglible; that is the point of homeopathy. That's why so many people are against it because they don't believe that a bottle of "nothing" could do anything for you.
post #12 of 35
If you are going to give infant Tylenol or Motrin, I'd go with the dosing on the bottle per your child's weight.

I've given infant Tylenol at times during teething. Also if you have acccidentally dosed a little too much, you are probably still OK. But don't over do the doses on purpose.

I get the generic infant Tylenol at Target/Wal Mart and it is much less expensive.

Didn't try teething tablets but they sound like a great option to try.

Hope the kids feel better soon.
post #13 of 35
When my son was teething, we used dye-free Motrin when the teething necklace and tablets weren't cutting it (which NEVER happened with my first). You should go by weight, and I believe at 24 lbs. you have to switch from the infant to the children's Motrin.
post #14 of 35
We don't give dd anything for teething, although she is pretty good about it - we usually have a cranky/clingy 24 hours, and she may wake up once or twice in the night (usually sleeps through at least 6 hours), but she doesn't run a big fever or get inconsolable so we just soldier on through it.

I know my older brother had a terrible time teething, though. Screaming for hours and hours, spiked a huge (102 or higher) fever with each tooth. It was so bad my mom didn't want to have another child because of it. She's always talked about how much worse it was than childbirth. However, she tried again and got me, and I was a saint. So it worked out.

Good luck with your toddlers.
post #15 of 35
On Dr. Sear's website, he has a grid for dosage of various medicines.
post #16 of 35
I go strictly by weight, and if you're off the chart, then it's time to switch to children's. We don't give it often for teething, but sometimes nothing else works. (Like tonight!)
post #17 of 35
Yep, like a PP said, you are confusing INFANT with CHILDREN'S. If you still have left over infant you can ask your pharmacist to convert the dosage for you so that you don't have to just throw it away.
post #18 of 35
As previous posters have said, it sounds like you or your doctor mixed up infants vs children's motrin. For a 24-pounder (and I have 2 of them, too) 5ml of CHILDREN'S motrin is the correct dose.
post #19 of 35
We do the Hyland's teething tablets too and I love them!!! I stopped giving fever reducers/pain relievers after I did the research.
post #20 of 35
We use Hylands and a amber teething necklace over here
We've used that gross pink Tylenol twice, when it got REALLT bad.
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