Summer and I both feel it’s really important that parents realize that now that Children’s Tylenol is back on the shelves in the pharmacy isles that parents realize why it’s back. You need to pay attention to how much you are giving your child. For the Full Press Release see the Press Release on Dosage Changes for Infant Liquid Acetaminophen Posted on May 4, 2011 on OTC Safety.
Caregivers, be advised over-the-counter acetaminophen medications, such as Tylenol, are are changing to one strength of liquid concentration starting this month. This is to help prevent any over dosage
Be advised and clear with your pediatrician “prescribing” acetaminophen which bottle you are currently using at home. Either throw out older medicine before expiration to stay current with this development so there isn’t any confusion, or be sure you know the proper dosage to be administered for the concentration you have in your medicine cabinet. If you are at all concerned refer to the label on the bottle and/or contact your pediatrician before administering.
For all bottles of acetaminophen the concentration will be that of the current children’s concentration (160mg/5mL) for ages 12 years and under. The change will directly affect infants’ acetaminophen products as 80,mg/0.8mL and 80mg/1mL bottles will no longer be sold. This new concentration directs caregivers to ask a doctor for proper dosage information for any child under 2 years of age, but provides dosing directions for children 2-3 years old. For more accurate dosing, acetaminophen will come with a syringe for more exact oral administration.
CLIF’S NOTES – THE CHANGE:
· No longer different concentrations between infants’ and children’s acetaminophen, all concentrations are the same
· Bottle will provide administration dosages for any child 2-12 year old
· Dosage for children under 2 year of age should come from a doctor
· A syringe will come with bottles for more accurate dosing and flow restrictions
I thank Summer for putting this piece together.
Summer is the President of our Local MOMS Club chapter, she is the mother of two adorable active boys, and is always thinking of ways to help others. She is a friend, a wife, and always busy as all mommies are. She is very active on Facebook, addicted to Geocaching and very interested in organic and green living while cooking up a storm.