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Infant Tylenol Uses

Infant Tylenol uses include the treatment of minor aches and pains caused by toothaches, the common cold and flu, sore throat, and headaches. It is approved for use in infants and children up to age three. Infant Tylenol is also used for reducing fevers in young children.

What Is Infant Tylenol Used For?

Infants' Tylenol® (infant acetaminophen) is an over-the-counter (non-prescription) medication used as a pain reliever and fever reducer. In particular, it is approved for treating minor aches and pains due to the following problems:


What Is Infant Tylenol Not Used For?

Every bottle of infant Tylenol warns of a few situations in which you should not give your child infant Tylenol. These situations include:
  • If pain gets worse or lasts for more than five days
  • If a fever gets worse or lasts for more than three days
  • If swelling or redness is also present
  • If new symptoms occur
  • If a sore throat is severe, lasts more than two days, or is accompanied by a fever, headache, rash, nausea, or vomiting.
These situations may indicate a more serious problem, which should be evaluated by your child's healthcare provider. Infant Tylenol is not necessarily dangerous in these situations, but you should not use infant Tylenol instead of seeing your child's healthcare provider. Also, infant Tylenol is not the best choice for babies with liver disease, since it may cause further liver damage.

How Does Infant Tylenol Work?

Even though Tylenol has been around for quite a while, it is not fully understood exactly how it works. It is known that Tylenol works differently from any other non-prescription medications. Most other non-prescription pain relievers or fever reducers are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Both NSAIDS and Tylenol block the body's production of prostaglandins (naturally occurring chemicals which cause inflammation and fever). However, while NSAIDS block prostaglandin production throughout the body, Tylenol appears to do so just in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Tylenol may also work by blocking pain signals from nerves (or preventing such signals from forming).
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