This post was sponsored by the makers of Children’s Tylenol ®, but the opinions expressed are my own.
Choosing the right medication for your child’s symptoms can be confusing on the best of days. Standing in the medicine aisle of the grocery store at 10:45 pm trying to sort it out – when the pharmacist has left for the day, the store is about to close, and the feverish child at your side is overtired and in tears – can make it feel beyond overwhelming.
It happened to me a few years back when I didn’t have the right product on hand to treat my daughter’s symptoms, and it still bothers me to think back on it. I felt so frustrated and disappointed with myself that my little girl was suffering longer than necessary. Having to drag her along with me to the store when she wanted nothing more than to lay down and rest made me feel even worse.
That experience motivated me to do a little bit of research about over-the-counter pain and fever relief products for kids, so that I could better prepare for future bouts of illness in our family.
Did you know that Children’s Tylenol® and Children’s Motrin® work differently to relieve your child’s pain and/or fever because they contain different active ingredients?
Make sure you know the difference and consider having both in your medicine cabinet so you can choose the medication that may be most appropriate for your child’s needs, without a (guilt) trip to the store like the one I had.
The active ingredient in Children’s Tylenol® is acetaminophen, which is recommended by its makers as the first line of defense to treat pain and fever. It is gentle on the stomach, and reduces symptoms for between four and six hours with proper dosing.
Ibuprofen is the active ingredient in Children’s Motrin®, and it is recommended for pain and/or fever that persists. It is fast-acting and can reduce fever for up to 8 hours, making it a good choice for getting through the day or night. This product can cause some irritation to sensitive tummies.
Don’t forget to check the date on each product in your medicine cabinet occasionally as well! Replace items as needed to ensure that you won’t be reaching for expired medicine when your child needs quick relief from pain or fever.