Health & Safety

Caution: Acetaminophen and Safe Child Dosage

The FDA recently published the article, “Reducing Fever in Children: Safe Use of Acetaminophen” that reveals the cautious steps and risks associated with administering this over-the-counter medication. Most commonly known as Tylenol, acetaminophen is one of the most frequent treatments parents use to relieve pain or a fever in their children. An overdose of the medication can cause nausea, vomiting, liver failure and even death. According to the FDA’s article, acetaminophen poisoning is a leading cause of liver failure in the U.S.

The article is not limited to guidance for only parents. They recommend changes for manufacturers of acetaminophen to minimize medication errors. These recommendations could lead to better labeling on products making it easier for parents to keep their kids safe.

Six Tips

They wrap-up their article with six important tips for giving acetaminophen to children. Their list includes:

  • Never give more than one medication that contains acetaminophen.
  • Choose medication carefully according to age and weight of the child.
  • Never give more acetaminophen than directed.
  • If it’s a liquid, use the measuring tool provided with the medication.
  • Keep a daily record of all medication administered to the child.

When a child swallows too much acetaminophen, get help right away! Call 911 or the 24-hour Poison Control Center is at 800-222-1222.

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