Pediatric Medication: Ibuprofen

Pediatric Medication: Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen for Kids

Ibuprofen is commonly given to children as a painkiller. It is used for treating pain related to teething and cold symptoms as well. Ibuprofen can be prescribed by your child’s doctor for treating inflammation as well. This includes aches and pain following a sprain or another injury. It is also prescribed for chronic problems, such as childhood arthritis. Ibuprofen can be used for bringing down fever or high temperature.

The drug is available in liquid form for children aged 3 months to 12 years. For children above the age of 7 years, it is recommended in the form of capsules, granules, or tablets that can be dissolved in water. Most types of ibuprofen is available in pharmacies. However, certain types are only available on prescription, such as ibuprofen granules.

American Integrative Pharmacy (AIP), led by Dr. Neema Yazdanpanah, provides safe and proven compounding medications to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes, Southern California areas, and online nationwide.

Key Facts About Ibuprofen

  • Ibuprofen is available in different strengths. The dosage and strength depend on the child’s age and size. It is important to always ready the instructions carefully.
  • Your child would begin feeling better 20 – 30 minutes following ibuprofen.
  • It is best to give the medication with food so as to prevent an upset stomach. Never give ibuprofen on an empty stomach.
  • Ibuprofen is not recommended for asthmatic children unless the doctor okays it.

Various Forms of Ibuprofen

The medication is available in different forms:

  • Liquid form – can be given from 3 months and upwards
  • Capsules, chewable tablets, and tablets – can be given from 7 years and upwards
  • Granules – can be given from 12 years of age

Ibuprofen is not suitable for all children. You should check with your child’s doctor or pharmacist if they have a history of allergic reactions to medications. The same holds true if they have liver/kidney problems and asthma as well. The medicine is generally given 3 to 4 times a day. Your doctor or pharmacist will let you know the exact dosage.

You should leave a least 6 hours between doses if you have been asked to give it thrice daily and 4 hours if the doctor has prescribed it for 4 times in a day. Your doctor could prescribe slow-release capsules or tablets if your child is in constant pain. These can be given twice or once daily.

Administering Ibuprofen


Shake the bottle properly and measure the right amount using a plastic spoon or syringe.

Capsules and tablets

These should be swallowed whole with a glass of juice or water. Tell your child not to break, crush, chew or suck the tablet as that could irritate the throat and mouth. Chewable tablets should be chewed before swallowing.


Stir or sprinkle the granules on a small amount of soft food, like a small drink or yogurt. You can also mix the granules with a spoonful of cold water. Never mix ibuprofen with warm liquid or food.

AIP provides advanced compounding pharmacy solutions, including online prescription refills to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes, Southern California areas, and online nationwide.

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American Integrative Pharmacy is located in Torrance, CA serving residents in and around Orange County, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Lomita and surrounding areas. Online prescription sales are available across the US.

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