FDA considers printing under 2 dosage on bottle for Tylenol

Katherine - posted on 05/14/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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The FDA is finally considering printing the dosage information for children younger than 2-years-old on the label of Children's Tylenol and similar products. Parents will certainly rejoice if this change is passed by federal health officials.

Currently, on the label of any children's over-the-counter medication it reads "Under 2 years: ask your Doctor." This is horribly inconvenient for parents battling a high fever in the middle of the night, who are often times forced to approximate or even guess!

According to MSNBC, the Food and Drug Administration will be meeting next week to "consider changes to children's over-the-counter formulas containing acetaminophen, the most common pain reliever and fever-reducing ingredient. While safe when used as directed, acetaminophen has long been subject to warning labels because of its potential to cause liver damage when overused."

Most parents will agree that it is much safer to print these dosages, with a corresponding weight requirement, because in these critical moments calling your doctor's office, and waiting hours for a nurse to return your call, is not an option!

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Danielle - posted on 05/15/2011

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I'm confused.
If you purchase "Baby Tylenol" it has the recommended doses for the age and weight on the bottle. I have assumed in the past that any child under two should be using "Baby/ Children's Tylenol".
Is this product not available in other countries?

To be sure I have the bottle in front of me to make sure I wasn't hallucinating.
We're in Canada.

Krista - posted on 05/15/2011

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Our doctor gave us a paper before we left the hospital and then at every check after tell bout 6 months when i said i didnt need it any more

Sneaky - posted on 05/15/2011

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Nurofen is Ibuprofen. Very bad for asthmatics (or any breathing problems really, a nurse told me to NOT give it to my daughter when she had croup). Also VERY bad for the tummy, never give it if your little one is having diarrhea or vomiting (or take it yourself if you have ulcers or tummy upset).

Panadol has paracetamol in it. Much gentler and safe during pregnancy.

Mel - posted on 05/15/2011

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oh yep. I know you cant have nurofen while pregnant but you can have panadol so I think its got something alot different in it

Stifler's - posted on 05/15/2011

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I think it's just in case your kid has asthma (asthmatics can't have Nurofen) or blood disorders or something.

Mel - posted on 05/15/2011

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Im not sure about nurofen, the chemists have always told us to altenate between panadol and nurofen, or some say just use them together, since I only use meds when my kids are really sick they usually need both at the same time

Stifler's - posted on 05/15/2011

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Me too, we have always had them (well for as long as Logan's been alive, never had much to do with baby nurofen or panadol before that). I think with Nurofen (Ibuprofen?) you're supposed to consult a doctor before giving it to your kid though even though the weights/ages to mL are on the box.

Mel - posted on 05/15/2011

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I cant believe that! seems unfair as in australia our panadol is 1 month plus and nurofen which is stronger and much more effective is 3 months plus.

Sneaky - posted on 05/15/2011

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Panadol in Australia (it contains paracetamol - is that the same as tylenol?) is advertised as being for babies from 1 month old - and sells a super concentrated version for infants so you only have to give maybe half a ml depending on age. Ibuprofen can be given from three months old, but no concentrated formulation and getting 3 or 4 ml into a baby is a nightmare! Both have both age and weight doses on both the bottle and the box.

Weird that if it has been approved for use in under twos, that the dosage is not on the bottle - you would think that would cause more problems.

Laura - posted on 05/15/2011

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We have infant tylenol here, and it gives dosages by weight. If under I think 6 months it says to consult your doctor

Nikki - posted on 05/15/2011

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What? your kidding you never had a recommended dosage guide for under 2's on the bottle? That's a bit dangerous!

Katie - posted on 05/14/2011

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Is this based on the tylenol sold in the US? I am in BC Canada and actually just bought tylenol for my little guy today. There is the infant kind and it has dosages based on weights and then the children's that goes from 2 years or 24 lbs and has dosages based on weight and age as well.

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I have the same paper Teresa does - but my ped told me to look at the WEIGHT of the child as opposed to the AGE of the child (but only after they are a year old).

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My doctor gave me a print out that has Tylenol and Ibuprofen dosages for the different strengths from birth up to the teens. I LOVE that paper....

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