As a mom of 6, I’ve been trusting and using Tylenol for a long time. I’ve used it for myself, and I’ve used it for each of my kids. That’s why I was so disappointed when the big Tylenol recall happened. I felt duped. The brand I trusted most to help me care for my kids was being recalled. For months, I’ve been unable to purchase Tylenol’s Infant Drops in local stores. It’s because Tylenol voluntarily pulled this product from the shelves until they can make the necessary changes to improve the safety and quality of the product.
I appreciate the fact that Tylenol is willing to make these changes so that parents everywhere can trust they are giving their children only the best once again.
Product Enhancements include the following:
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
Tylenol will also be introducing enhanced bottles with the protective opening on Children’s TYLENOL® products.
There will also be new dosing directions related to the change in concentration on Infants’ TYLENOL®:
- 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.
Here are some 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.
I am really looking forward to these changes. As parents we worry about so much already. It’s so nice to see that Tylenol “has our backs” and is working to improve the products that we give to our children. I will continue to trust and use Tylenol when it’s needed around here.
Disclaimer: 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.