Every year, approximately 7,500 call are made to poison centers because of dosing errors with children’s acetaminophen products including Children’s Tylenol. One of the problems is that bottles of infant’s Tylenol, Triaminic, Little Fevers and other brands of children’s pain medication do not provide instructions for parents on how much to give children under the age of 2.
Acetaminophen is taken to reduce fever and help relieve pain in conjunction with colds, flu, allergies and sleeplessness. While acetaminophen is an over-the-counter medication, when taken in excess, it can cause liver damage which could lead to death.
On May 17-18, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration is conducting a Joint Meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and the Pediatric Advisory Committee to consider requiring dosage instruction for products containing acetaminophen, most notably Children’s Tylenol. The new labeling would provide information to caregivers and healthcare providers approximate dosing levels for children between 6-23 months.
Currently, the dosage schedule for children under the age of 2 says, “Consult a doctor.” This is problematic because many people do not have physicians or have trouble reaching a physician to ask dosage questions. By expanding the OTC label for children 6 to 23 months, caregivers can find the correct dosage to give their child and it reduces their need to contact a physician, friend or relative for a dosage.
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