When and How to Take Children's Tylenol
General considerations to keep in mind when taking Children's Tylenol include the following:
- Children's Tylenol is different from infant Tylenol, and the dosing is different. Make sure to carefully check which product you are using.
- This medication comes in two different forms for children ages 2 to 11 years old: Meltaways (orally disintegrating tablets) and suspension (liquid). Junior Tylenol Meltaways are also available for children ages 6 to 12.
- Children's Tylenol and Junior Tylenol Meltaways quickly dissolve in the mouth, without the need for water. They are helpful for children who have trouble swallowing tablets.
- The suspension form should be shaken well just before each dose. Use the dosing cup provided with the medication to measure the correct amount.
- Tylenol can be taken with or without food. If the drug bothers your child's stomach, have him or her take it with a little food.
- Make sure you know exactly how much medication to give your child and exactly how to measure the dose. If you are not sure, ask your child's healthcare provider.
- It is important to keep track of how much Children's Tylenol you give your child, as it is easy to give too much (see Tylenol Poisoning). It is important to remember that acetaminophen (the active ingredient) is found in many medications, both prescription and nonprescription.
- For the medicine to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
The recommended dose of Children's Tylenol will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The age and weight of the child
- Which Tylenol product you are using
- Other medications your child may be taking
- Other medical conditions your child may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your child's dose unless his or her healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Children's Tylenol Dosage for more information.)