Like many parents, I was at a bit of a loss when all of the children’s (and infant’s) Tylenol was abruptly pulled from the shelves due to a recall. I had been using Tylenol faithfully ever since LJ’s very first illness and had grown to trust it as a safe method to deal with the many bugs and bumps that come along with being the parent to an active boy.
The good news is that Children’s Tylenol is back on the shelves (albeit in limited quantities) and Infant’s Tylenol should be available in time for the upcoming cold and flu season. With the return of Infant’s Tylenol will come some design and dosing changes that will help make Tylenol even safer and easier for families to use.
You can find all of the updates to the new Infant’s and Children’s Tylenol products here, but let me give you a brief summary:
1) 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
- 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.
- TYLENOL has 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.