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.
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.