What Are Pediatric Dosing Charts?


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Pediatric dosing charts detail the appropriate dosage of a drug for a child according to their weight or age, CDC and Tylenol highlight. While some, such as the one from the CDC, are for a variety of drugs, others pertain to specific brands.

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One example of a CDC pediatric dosing chart is the organization's chart detailing anti-retroviral drug dosing guidelines. Those reading the chart look at the top bar for the name of the drugs they wish to administer, then they look down the left hand side for the child's weight to determine the appropriate dose. Below each drug name is the dose frequency. For example, a child weighing between 5 and 5.9 kilograms can take 2 milliliters of Abacavir, twice daily. Below the chart there are details of side effects the prescribing practitioner must warn parents of.

Pediatric dosing charts are available for those who aren't health care professionals too. For example, Tylenol offers guidelines for parents who want to give their children acetaminophen. Along the top of the chart, parents can find the names of Tylenol products. Down the left hand side, they can find children's ages and weights. The top of the page highlights that each dose comes with a maximum limit of five times in 24 hours. For example, a child aged two to three years old can take 1 teaspoon or 5 milliliters of children's Tylenol suspension liquid, up to five times in 24 hours.

The Pediatric Associates of NYC offers a dosing chart for parents who need to administer other drugs, including Ibuprofen and Benadryl. The site's disclaimer states that the chart shouldn't replace a prescribing pediatrician's guidelines.

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