Watch Out, Mama! Baby Acetaminophen Dosage Will Change Photo: Getty Images
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association recently announced that baby acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) as we know it is in for a major change. All makers of the over-the-counter fever drug will stop making concentrated drops for infants and start distributing acetaminophen for babies with the same concentration as acetaminophen made for kids. In other words, infant drops with a “strength” of 80 mg/0.8 mL or 80 mg/1.0 mL will all be made in a concentration of 160 mg/5 mL. The change is being made to cut down on confusion.
So what does this mean for you? Well, if you’ve already got some infant drops at home, it’s totally safe to continue using them -- just be sure you’re following the dosing instructions on the package. The next time you buy acetaminophen, there may or may not be concentrated infant drops available since makers will gradually start rolling out the new products over time. Whether you buy the concentrated drops or the non-concentrated kind, just be sure to double-check the dosage before you give it to your child, and if your doctor gives you instructions, be sure to clarify which concentration he’s referring to.
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