As a mother of five children we have used our fair share of fever and pain reducing medications over the years. I have always reached for the Tylenol brand as the name has been trusted for many years. After the recall last year of TYLENOL® products the company decided to ensure the safety of the infants and children who consume their products by making some great changes.
One of the big changes you will find with TYLENOL® is the enhanced bottle with a protective opening and push-in syringe feature. This change will provide better dosing accuracy and further reduce the risk of children being able to get to the medicine in the bottle.
There will be new dosing directions related to the change in concentration on Infants’ TYLENOL® as early as this upcoming cold and flu season. Infants’ TYLENOL® will have the same concentration of the active ingredient, acetaminophen, as Children’s TYLENOL®, which will standardize dosing across products and age groups.
There will be a time period when more than one concentration of infants’ acetaminophen products will be available in stores and parents and caregivers might have both in their medicine cabinets. Caregivers should be mindful to always read and follow the dosing directions on the package that is being used.
Children’s TYLENOL® products will also have a new enhanced bottle with the protective opening. Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL® products will continue to include specially designed dosing devices appropriate to the age of the child.
As with any medication the dosing instructions are only as good as the person reading them! It is important to always read dosing instructions on children’s medications to ensure the safety of the child. Parents and caregivers are strongly encouraged to read all medication bottles prior to administering any medication!
Remember when giving any medication to an infant or child to NURSE the patient!
- Never give adult medicines to children.
- Use the measuring device (syringe, dropper, dosage cup) that comes with the medicine every time you use it. Don’t use kitchen spoons (teaspoons or tablespoons).
- Read and follow instructions on the label. Never give more than the recommended dose and do not give the medication more frequently than recommended.
- Store all medicines out of the reach of children. Immediately following use, always restore the child resistant cap and put the medicine back into a high and out of sight location.
- Every child grows. Know the infant’s or child’s weight and/or age to help determine the appropriate dosage.
Learn more about these changes at the Tylenol products update page.