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If your child has a fever or feels ill, give him acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
See dosage charts in "How to treat your child's fever."
Giving medicine to your child
Keep all medicines out of your child's reach.
When giving medicine to your child, keep the following in mind:
- Never force a tablet into your child's mouth. Dissolve it in a small amount of water or let him chew on it.
- Do not give your child aspirin. This can cause a serious condition called Reye's syndrome. It can lead to coma or death.
- Do not give your child herbals, vitamins, prescription or other over-the-counter medicines without your health care provider's approval. Follow the package directions. If you have any questions or concerns, call your health care provider or pharmacist.
- Always follow your health care provider's instructions.
- Report any medicine side effect your child has to your health care provider.
Infant acetaminophen product changes
Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol®) reduces fever and relieves pain. There are new dosing directions for giving the medicine to babies. This means that the amount of medicine — and the packaging — has changed.
You now give the medicine with a special syringe that fits into the bottle. It is easier to use than the old dropper.
Do not use the dropper or syringe with any other medicine. Follow the package directions. Ask your baby's health care provider if you have questions.
Old way (dropper): Infant drops
The old drops used less liquid.
New way (syringe): Infant suspension
The new suspension uses more liquid.