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Why can't infants have ibuprofen?


Asked by MelSwim7 at 12:56 PM on Oct. 19, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (7)
  • Call your doctor if you are worried, but I know its after 6 months! :)

    Answer by kiansmom0423 at 1:08 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • After 6 months old. There is infant ibuprofen.

    Answer by kiansmom0423 at 12:57 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • I'm a little confused someone answered one of my questions and said that kids can't have ibuprofen until 2 years of age

    Comment by MelSwim7 (original poster) at 1:01 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • ibuprofen can be given at 6 months, I don't know why, but you could ask your pediatrician at the next visit.

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 1:02 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • According to Baby Center, babies under 6 months can't have Ibuprofen because it hasn't been studied or approved in babies that young.

    Answer by Christina807 at 1:26 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • We were always told to give it over Tylenol when our kids were babies.  Infant Motrin is labeled for 6 months and up.  Infant Tylenol is for 2 years and up but our doctors gave us a sheet that said how much to give to smaller babies and we've used that for years without problems.  Our youngest is only 3 months and I've given him Motrin lots of times because he seems to be teething already.  I just give him a 1/2 dose like I was told by our doctor.  I refuse to let him suffer in pain because the label says over 6 months.

    We always gave Tylenol, too.  When our oldest was about 7 months old she ran a fever and her doctor said to just give 1/4 dose of Tylenol (1/2 dropper instead of 2 dropper fulls).


    Answer by justanotherjen at 3:19 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Because their kidneys are not mature enough to process motrin at that age... you have to wait until they are 6 months

    Answer by AmiJanell at 7:44 PM on Oct. 19, 2010