After Hours Care
Call the office during regular weekday hours for all routine questions and requests; please limit after-hours calls to urgent questions or concerns that cannot be addressed during regular hours.After hours calls to our office may be returned by a Nurse from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHoA). If you need to speak with a doctor and your concern is urgent, please ask the answering service to page the doctor directly. As a service to our patients, we currently pay for all patient calls answered by CHoA (via our answering service or by dialing CHoA directly), a substantial annual cost. We have resisted passing this cost on to our patients so we must stress the importance of using our website as a first line resource (e.g. for medication dosing) and only calling after hours as necessary.
Our practice is affiliated with Kids Time Pediatrics, an after hours clinic not far from the office. Kids Time is open from 6-9 P.M. on weekdays and 1-7 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday. If your child has a sore throat, ear ache or other minor illness you may call 404-943-1979 to schedule an appointment at Kids Time.
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Acetaminophen: Every 4-6 Hours as needed
|Weight (lbs)||Weight (kg)||Dose (mg)||Liquid (160 ml/5 ml)
|100+||50+||One or two 500 mg tablets every 6 hours as needed not to exceed 8 tablets (4 grams) a day.|
Ibuprofen: Every 6 Hours as needed
|Weight (lbs)||Weight (kg)||Dose (mg)||Liquid Dose (100mg/5ml)||Infant Drops (50mg/1.25ml) Dose (ml)|
|100+||50+||Two 200mg tablets every 6 hours||—||—|
|Note: Ibuprofen should not be given routinely to infants under 6 months of age.|
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Dosage Table:
Every 6 Hours as needed
|Weight (lbs)||Liquid 12.5 mg/ 5 mililiters (mL)||Chewable 12.5 mg||Tablets 25 mg||Capsules 25 mg|
Author: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D., FAAP.