You may have noticed recently that Children's Tylenol products have been somewhat scarce on the store shelves. I can still find it readily, but not in the quantity and range that I am accustomed to seeing. There is a good reason for this: Tylenol has been hard at work improving not only the formulation of their children's and infant acetaminophen products, but the dosage methods as well. Tylenol products were subject to recall due to some quality issues, and they have been working tirelessly to resolve these issues. Tylenol's primary concern is the safety of our children, and I am happy to share some of these exciting upgrades with you all!
The makers of TYLENOL® will be making product enhancements to both Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL® products. In an effort to help ensure the following enhancements are widely implemented, the company has worked closely with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association to share its plans with other manufacturers.
As early as the upcoming cold and flu season, Infants’ TYLENOL® will include a new, enhanced bottle with a protective opening and push-in syringe which will:
- Provide even better dosing accuracy and ease of administration to infants
- Allow for better control when dispensing the medication and reduce spillage
- Further reduce the risk of children being able to get to the medicine in the bottle
There will be new dosing directions related to the change in concentration on Infants’ TYLENOL® as early as this upcoming cold and flu season.
- Infants’ TYLENOL® will have the same concentration of the active ingredient, acetaminophen, as Children’s TYLENOL®, which will standardize dosing across our products and age groups.
- We have been working closely with other manufacturers of pediatric acetaminophen products to encourage an industry wide transition to one concentration across infants’ and children’s acetaminophen products.
- There will be a time period when more than one concentration of infants’ acetaminophen products will be available in stores and parents and caregivers might have both in their medicine cabinets. Caregivers should be mindful to always read and follow the dosing directions on the package that is being used.
- When Infants’ TYLENOL® products return to store shelves, they will include these changes.
- As always, Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL® products will continue to include specially designed dosing devices appropriate to the age of the child.
- Parents and caregivers should contact their child’s healthcare provider if they have questions about dosing instructions.
These changes to pediatric TYLENOL® products will be available as early as this upcoming cold and flu season.
Helpful Tips for Giving Medicines to Infants and Children:
Simply remember to NURSE
- Never give adult medicines to children.
- Use the measuring device (syringe, dropper, dosage cup) that comes with the medicine every time you use it. Don’t use kitchen spoons (teaspoons or tablespoons).
- Read and follow instructions on the label. Never give more than the recommended dose and do not give the medication more frequently than recommended.
- Store all medicines out of the reach of children. Immediately following use, always restore the child resistant cap and put the medicine back into a high and out of sight location.
- Every child grows. Know the infant’s or child’s weight and/or age to help determine the appropriate dosage.
For more information on availability of Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL® products, please visit this page.
***Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Tylenol and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.***