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Infant Tylenol, Infant Motrin, or Infant Advil? What one is better?


Rebekah - posted on 01/23/2011




It's two different drugs, so both have pros and cons.

Acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol) is only good for about 4 hours. So, if your child is in constant pain (from an ear infection, teething, etc.) they'll likely be waking every 4 hours at night for the next does. It is recommended for children under 6 months of age, but after that, I switch my children to ibuprofen.

Ibuprofen (brand names: Advil, Motrin) lasts up to 8 full hours and generally works a little quicker. It also can help with any type of inflammation better than acetaminophen. It is not recommended for children under 6 months of age.

Amanda - posted on 01/30/2011




Also, the nice thing is if the child is in tons of pain or the medication isn't working great to bring down fever you can alternate the medications -- ibuprofen, 4 hours later tylenol, 4 hours later (at the 8 hour mark) ibuprofen, 4 hours later tylenol. This has helped my older child several times on a fever that just wouldn't respond to one or the other alone. Of course that is only if the ped. gives the OK.

Jamie - posted on 01/23/2011




Thank you! My son and I just got home from the ER because he has a mild case of croup and I just gave him some Infant Advil so I'm glad I read this before I gave it to him because I was trying to figure out what kind to give him! Thank you! Very helpful!


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