Children's HealthDecember 20, 2022
8 tips for navigating the children’s Tylenol and Motrin shortage
Fever-reducing medications, available in liquid formulas for children, have become harder to find in many parts of the country, including the Sacramento region.
The reason: A surging demand due to a significant increase in respiratory illnesses.
UC Davis pediatricians offer the following 8 suggestions for families who are looking for alternatives when they can’t find children’s Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen).
- Do not give adult Tylenol or Motrin to children under 12.
- Search for generic versions of children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen, which may be in stock instead of brand names Tylenol or Motrin.
- Consider children’s acetaminophen suppositories. Use as directed. Don’t administer orally.
- Ask friends and neighbors if they have any extra children’s over-the-counter medication they would share. Also, make sure medicine has not expired.
- Do not substitute with aspirin.
- Be careful of medications with multiple medications within one (Mucinex, Nyquil, etc.) which may not be safe for younger children.
- Remember that not all fevers need to be treated with medicine. Dress your child in light, loose clothing and be sure they are well hydrated.
- Do not use ibuprofen in children younger than six months, unless prescribed by a physician.