Monday, May 23, 2011

New Changes and Improvements to Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL®


I have always been very cautious about giving over-the-counter medications to my children. After all, these products can be just as potent as prescription medications. That’s a good thing because they help our children when they need them. But it’s not-so-good because there’s also the potential for harm when they’re taken incorrectly. Therefore, the makers of Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL® want to be sure that you have all the facts before you give TYLENOL® to your children. They also want you to know that they’re introducing new enhancements to their products with the goal of improving product safety and convenience.

Following is a letter from Ed Kuffner, MD, a father of three, and Vice President, Medical Affairs at McNeil, which explains the new product improvements in further detail.

As a dad and a doctor, I know firsthand how tough it can be when your baby or child gets sick. While we are trying to comfort our children, we are also making sure that they are getting the care and medicine that they need to feel better. For me, like every parent, safety comes first.

For this reason, as early as this upcoming cold and flu season, we will be making safety and convenience enhancements to both Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL® products, including a change to the concentration of our Infants’ TYLENOL® products.

New Features

Infants’ TYLENOL® will be available with a new bottle that has a protective opening and a new push-in-syringe which will:

• Further reduce the risk of children being able to get to the medicine in the bottle
• Provide even better dosing accuracy and ease of administration to your child
• Allow for better control when dispensing the medication and reduce spillage
New Infants' TYLENOL Bottle with Syringe

We will also be enhancing the bottles of Children’s TYLENOL® with a protective opening that will help make it more difficult for a child to get to the medicine in the bottle.

To help encourage industry-wide adoption of these safety innovations, we have shared our plans with other manufacturers of pediatric acetaminophen products.

Important Changes to the Concentration of Infants’ TYLENOL®

New Children's TYLENOL Bottle with Dosing Cup
Moving forward, there will be one concentration of acetaminophen for single-ingredient TYLENOL® products for infants and children. This change is being made to standardize dosing across our products and age groups. As always, Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL® products will continue to include specially designed dosing devices appropriate to the age of the child.

We have 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.

• It is important to be aware that there will be a time period when both the current and new concentrations of Infants’ acetaminophen products will be available in stores, and parents and caregivers might have both in their medicine cabinets.

• Be sure to read and follow the dosing directions on the product that is being used.

• Caregivers should contact their child’s healthcare provider if they have questions about dosing instructions.

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.

We appreciate your patience as we work to bring these new innovations to store shelves. Please visit www.tylenol.com to learn more about our products and these changes.

As you just read, some very important and critical changes are coming to TYLENOL® products, all designed to make them safer for your children and easier for you to administer. Please visit the official TYLENOL® products update page for more information about these and upcoming changes and improvements to Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL®.



DISCLOSURE: 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.

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