Cold medicine

Cynthia - posted on 11/24/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Which medicine is better for colds/fevers; tyenol or motrin?

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Ashley - posted on 11/25/2009

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yupp alternating meds thats true...you can. i actually learnt it from CHEO (childrens hospital of eastern ontario) i had given my son motrin actually about 2 hrs before i brought him in and when i got there the nurse gave him tylenol because the motrin wasnt doing anything for his fever. i have used both motrin and tylenol and for myself i find tylenol works better

Isobel - posted on 11/25/2009

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Quoting September:



Quoting Jessica:




Quoting Erin:

Depends on the age...infants are only supposed to get tylenol. When my son (3) is sick I alternate, give him tylenol the 4 hrs later motrin, 4 hrs later tyl.. etc etc etc







you are not supposed to mix meds










Actually you can. You just space them out like she explained in her reply. Plus Tylenol and Motrin are two different meds. I've been told by our sons Ped. that you can mix the two alternating every 4-6 hours :)





I think it's called piggy-backing, and it's designed to keep your child's fever from coming back up before they get another dose...my friend picked up this trick from Sick Kids Hospital.

Cathralynn - posted on 11/25/2009

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I tend to use tylenol during the day and motrin at night. Tylenol lasts 4hrs but is easier on their stomachs. Motrin lasts 6hrs but you need to make sure baby has eaten in the last hour. Motrin is hard on the stomach lining for everyone. But both will only really help with fever and aches. As far as colds go you have to try other things like humidifiers, vapor rubs, etc. to really help with congestion and stuffy/runny noses. They can't take meds for that til older.

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tylenol is good for drying up nose and slightly comforting symptoms of cold.. motrin is better and quicker at reducing fever but cant be taken as often as tylenol.. ask doc about using both

Alisha - posted on 11/24/2009

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I have a 4 and a 2 year old and I always try Tylenol first and if that is bringing the fever down then I just keep using the Tylenol. If not which sometimes it doesn't then I alternate Tylenol and Motrin which is completely safe to do if done properly spaced. This always brings my kids fevers down especially when they are really high.

September - posted on 11/24/2009

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Quoting Jessica:



Quoting Erin:

Depends on the age...infants are only supposed to get tylenol. When my son (3) is sick I alternate, give him tylenol the 4 hrs later motrin, 4 hrs later tyl.. etc etc etc





you are not supposed to mix meds






Actually you can. You just space them out like she explained in her reply. Plus Tylenol and Motrin are two different meds. I've been told by our sons Ped. that you can mix the two alternating every 4-6 hours :)

Jessica - posted on 11/24/2009

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Quoting Erin:

Depends on the age...infants are only supposed to get tylenol. When my son (3) is sick I alternate, give him tylenol the 4 hrs later motrin, 4 hrs later tyl.. etc etc etc


you are not supposed to mix meds

September - posted on 11/24/2009

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Quoting LaVerne:

motrin.......don't use tylenol unless its your only option. It has been pulled from the shelves on a recall before. I work at the CDC and get information first hand.



Not all Tylenol was recalled. You can find the recall list online.

LaVerne - posted on 11/24/2009

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motrin.......don't use tylenol unless its your only option. It has been pulled from the shelves on a recall before. I work at the CDC and get information first hand.

Rebecca - posted on 11/24/2009

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Tylenol. Just make sure you go to their website to make sure yours wasn't on the recall list they had not too long ago. Depends how long it's been in your medicine cabnet i guess:)

September - posted on 11/24/2009

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If your child has a cold and is in pain or has a fever then Tylenol is best. Check with your Doctor first about the amount.

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Depends on the age...infants are only supposed to get tylenol. When my son (3) is sick I alternate, give him tylenol the 4 hrs later motrin, 4 hrs later tyl.. etc etc etc

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