Acetaminophen is often prescribed to children and infants and if your doctor has recommended it for your little one you might have some apprehensions and are wondering if it’s alright.
The lines are drawn between parents that don’t want to give their children any drugs, whether they’re over-the-counter or prescribed by a doctor, and those that believe it’s OK to give their child medications and do so regularly. If you fall under the latter category you’re probably still at least concerned about what sort of side effects there might be with the drug, and what sort of dosing it involves.
Acetaminophen comes in many forms, which makes it hard to give proper doses. One thing you’ll want to avoid is giving your child any adult-strength medication even if you reduce the dose to what you feel is appropriate. The most common form of children’s or infant acetaminophen will be a liquid, making it relatively easy to measure out and give to your child. There is usually a spoon or cap included so that you can measure accurately and nothing is left to ambiguity.
Can I Give My Baby Acetaminophen? Answer: Many Parents Do
Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly prescribed and administered drugs, both and children and even infants. The Baby Center website says that you should be sure not to give it to your baby if they’re in their first three months, but after that they provide a dosing chart with dosages based on weight. It’s pretty apparent that this chart is at least partially sponsored by Pedia Care, a company that sells infant medication, so it’s not surprising that they give the nod on giving your child acetaminophen.
Tylenol and Other Brand Names
We’ve already covered Tylenol specifically, and Children’s Tylenol but Acetaminophen can come in many different forms, so be sure you know what sort of medication you are considering giving to your child so you know the specific warnings, and what class of drug it falls under. You might also see Acetaminophen marketed as Tempra, Acephen, Panadol, Feverall, or Mejoralito. These drugs will have the same active ingredient, but might also be combined with other drugs depending on what they’re intended to treat. But they will also have the common ingredient and therefore the same potential side effects to watch out for.
Check Your Sources
It’s always a good idea to check your sources when it comes to whether or not Acetaminophen is something you should give your child. There are many health sites out there that are run by the big pharmaceutical companies which have a vested interest in promoting the dosing of drugs to babies and children. If you are trying to avoid medicating your child there are also plenty of all-natural sites that will give you the other side of the story and will recommend natural remedies that can help your child through their ailment without resorting to drugs.
Once you see all of the side effects that can come with Tylenol and other brands of Acetaminophen you might want to think twice. This side effects site lists plenty of adverse reactions that adults and children have when taking the drug, and it might make you hesitant of giving it to your baby, correct dose or not.
At the end of the day you’ll need to decide how you feel about giving your baby drugs and medications, because there will seemingly always be something they’re ailing from, and you’ll be tempted to treat them the same way you treat yourself. They may develop allergies, runny noses, coughs, fevers, and other maladies, especially during certain seasons. There’s almost always a natural remedy that you can use, and sometimes the best thing to do is just let things run their course. Parenting is definitely an adventure and there’s rarely a dull moment, so determining early on whether your child is going to be given infant or children’s medicine is an important thing to do.
We all want what’s best for our children, and seeing them suffer can be maddening. But giving them drugs that can cause nasty side effects or disrupt their developing immune system could be equally detrimental.