There wouldn’t be any parents on Earth who didn’t worry about their children’s health.
When you have a baby and she becomes sick, looking for the right way to treat her or finding out which medication is most appropriate and has fewer side effects are never easy or pleasant tasks.
You have to be sure of what’s the right amount and the appropriate dose, depending on your child’s weight, whether to use the oral suspension or the chewable tablets and when to visit the child’s doctor. It’s a lot to take on when your little one is sick.
Let’s walk you through some information about Tylenol, when to give it, and how.
What is infant Tylenol?
Acetaminophen, best known as paracetamol, is a well-known pain killer. It also helps bring a high temperature down. Acetaminophen Tylenol is one of the commercial brands. Tylenol is dispensed in different forms. For infants and children, liquid Tylenol tends to be the best seller, as infant Tylenol dosage is more easily administered to infants in drops.
Here are some things you should know:
#1: Acetaminophen effect
Paracetamol is the active ingredient of Tylenol. It’s mainly used to treat fever and pain. When we talk about children (ages 1 to 12), fever and pain are symptoms present in almost all of their ailments.
Although scientists haven’t yet fully discovered how paracetamol works, its main action is to block the chemical messengers that travel to the brain to inform us that we’re in pain.
Something similar happens with fever. Acetaminophen reduces fever by interacting with the chemical messengers that travel to the area in the brain that regulates body temperature.
Some parents use acetaminophen as a preventative measure – for example, prior to a procedure, such as receiving an injection. Do not take medicines lightly. It’s very important that medication is always taken with a purpose. Always read the information provided by the medicine’s manufacturer and consult with your trusted healthcare professional about any concerns. Parents are solely responsible for the choices they make for their children.
Administering medicines is a very serious matter. Do not take it lightly when giving Tylenol or any other pharmaceutical drug to a child. Administering a drug when a child needs it and it has been prescribed is the way to go; giving it before it’s necessary, however, is not the way we should set up our child’s relationship with drugs.
If you’re not comfortable with the idea of your little one experiencing pharmaceutical drugs at such a young age, you can always find alternative health care providers for a kinder, holistic approach.
#2: Infant tylenol dosage
Proper dosage is extremely important, especially when dealing with children and their tiny bodies. When giving Tylenol, the child’s weight will play a very important role in establishing the correct dose. Acetaminophen Tylenol is processed in the liver. A precise dose-based schedule is of the utmost importance in providing the right treatment while avoiding any kind of liver damage.
Things to remember:
- Use only the dosing device provided. With tylenol’s oral suspension (liquid form) it will most likely be a dosing cup, a measuring spoon, or a syringe. This will make giving the proper amount of medicine easier and more accurate. Try to avoid other devices, such as kitchen teaspoons, as they don’t all have the same capacity
- Make sure you know your baby’s exact weight before preparing the medication. The extra weight of a soiled nappy might make a big difference when calculating the dosage, especially with very small infants in the first weeks of life
- Make sure you understand what the maximum doses in 24 hours should be, and be sure to stick to it. You should contact your trusted healthcare professionals if your child needs more than five doses in 24 hours. If you’re waiting, with a distressed child, for six hours to pass so you can give your child another dose, contact your pediatrician straight away. Your baby might need a different treatment or the dose might need to be adjusted
- ‘Every 6 hours as needed’ means in periods no shorter than six hours. That means it’s okay to give another dose of the medicine if it’s been six hours or longer since the last dose
- Pay special attention when administering acetaminophen Tylenol. Concentration is a must, especially if your child’s treatment involves more than one product
- Always double check the procedure every time you give Tylenol to your child. Ask yourself:
- When was the last dose?
- How many doses have been administered in the last 24 hours?
- What’s the exact dose my child needs?
- Measure each dose precisely each time. After your child has taken the medicine, rinse the dosing cup thoroughly, leaving it free of medicine and ready for its next use
- Although there isn’t a minimum age requirement to take acetaminophen Tylenol, you should always check with your baby’s doctor or pediatrician before giving your baby any medicine. This is especially important during your baby’s first 12 weeks.
#3: Infant Tylenol side effects
In general, acetaminophen is well tolerated when given in the right doses.
Some possible side effects are:
- Upset stomach
- Trouble sleeping
- Allergic reactions to acetaminophen Tylenol. These might include skin rash, hives, itching, or swelling of the face, tongue, or throat
- Redness, blistering, and peeling of the skin, and sometimes even in the mucous membranes inside the mouth and nose
- A liver injury, which shows as right-sided abdominal pain, appetite loss, light colored poop, and dark colored urine, yellowing of the skin and eyes, extreme weakness, and tiredness.
Contact your doctor or healthcare professional straight away if your child experiences any of these symptoms or if you’re worried about dosage, reaction, or any other matter related to this medicine.
#4: Infant Tylenol vs children’s Tylenol – dosage
Infant Tylenol and children’s Tylenol are both produced by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc and are exactly the same product. The only differences are the packaging, some safety features, and the price. Tylenol infant drops are almost 3 times more expensive than children’s Tylenol.
Both come as an oral suspension (liquid form) and the concentration is exactly the same in both forms: 160 mg/5 ml.
Here we’re giving you the links for the children’s Tylenol in several countries. Please discuss with your doctor any queries you might have about the use of this medicine and always follow the manufacturer’s indication in your country.
Infant Tylenol dosage USA
If you’re in the US, this is the webpage where you can find all the information about Tylenol.
Infant Tylenol dosage Canada
If you live in Canada, this is their Tylenol webpage.
Infant Tylenol dosage UK
In the UK, Tylenol acetaminophen is sold under the generic name of paracetamol. The products have different strengths and formats, depending on the manufacturer. Always double check with the pharmacist the medicine vial you’re after is baby or junior strength.
Infant Tylenol dosage Australia
In Australia, the acetaminophen product available for infants is children’s Tylenol. You can check what you need on the Australian website for Tylenol.
#5: Infant Tylenol dosage chart
An acetaminophen dosage table is very important when administering Tylenol to infants and children.
Based on children’s weight and the concentration of acetaminophen (160 mg/5 ml), here is a Tylenol dosage chart for children and infants.
Let me remind you one last time that this is just an informative resource. You should always discuss with your health care provider the best way to treat your child’s ailment before administering any pharmaceutical drug to your child.