Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Infant's Tylenol Information

When I had my babies, Tylenol was the brand I trusted for them. I had the infant drops in my diaper bag, pocket book, and camera bag. It was my go to for all that ailed them. I even remember calling my sister in a panic about my first born with a little fever that was making him miserable. She said, "Oh just give him Tylenol, it's probably nothing to worry about, a little Tylenol won't hurt him."

A few months ago, I headed out for Goddess's fever and couldn't find any Children's Tylenol. Scary
since this was the brand I had been using and was unsure of what to use. I am not the only one concerned and the people at McNeil Consumer Healthcare (the makers of Tylenol) understand our concerns and have been busy making changes to both Infant's and Children's Tylenol which will be ready for this upcoming cold and flu season.

We can look forward to an enhanced bottle which will feature a SIMPLEMEASURE® (push in syringe and protective opening) on the Infants' Tylenol.

This new design will:
  • Provide even more accurate dosing and easier administration to infants
  • Allow for better control when dispensing with fewer spills
  • Further reduce the risk of children getting to the medicine in the bottle

The new, enhanced bottle with protective opening will be coming to Children’s TYLENOL® products soon.

There will also be a Dosage Change to help minimize medication errors, Infants’ TYLENOL® will now have the same concentration of the active ingredient, acetaminophen, as Children’s TYLENOL®, which will standardize dosing across the products and age groups.

When Infants’ TYLENOL® returns to store shelves as early as this upcoming cold and flu season, the products will continue to include specially designed dosing devices appropriate to the age of the child.

As announced by the OTC trade organization, Consumer Healthcare Products Association, other manufacturers also intend to transition to the same single concentration (160 mg / 5 mL) for all single-ingredient OTC pediatric liquid acetaminophen products. This transition of other manufacturers’ infants’ products to the children’s concentration may begin as early as this summer and is anticipated to continue into 2012.

There may 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 always read and follow the dosing directions on the package they are using.
Parents and caregivers should contact their child’s healthcare provider if they have questions about dosing instructions.

For more information, please visit www.chpa-info.org

Look for these changes to pediatric TYLENOL® products as early as this upcoming cold and flu season.

To see the upcoming changes for yourself head over to Tylenol

 “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.”

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