Tylenol Update

March 6, 2012

There have been a lot of questions about Infants’ Tylenol lately.  Between the recalls and the dosing instructions changing, many parents wonder — is it safe for my baby? Here are some facts to help you answer this important question.

Recalls

Last month, one version of the new infant Tylenol was recalled due to problems with the protective cover or “flow restrictor” being pushed into the bottle while drawing up the dose.  The medication is safe to use, if you have a bottle of it in your home. If you have problems with the protective cover getting pushed into the bottle, please do not continue to use it and call the manufacturer.

New Dosage Instructions

The new Infants’ Tylenol is also a different concentration of medication (acetaminophen) than the older infant Tylenol. Because of this, new dosing instructions must be followed to avoid an overdose for your baby. Please check the concentration on the label on the bottle (mg per mL).

Old infant Tylenol is 80mg per 0.8mL, which has 3 times at much medication (acetaminophen) per teaspoon as the new medication. That’s why double-checking which concentration you have is critical to avoid giving your baby too much!

New infant Tylenol is 160mg per 5mL. Here are dosing instructions for the NEW Infants’ Tylenol suspension:

Other Brand Changes

The “store brand” or generic medications come in different concentrations of acetaminophen too, and are also transitioning to the same concentration as the new Infants’ Tylenol, so be sure to always check the label on the bottle or call your physician for help to figure out the right dose for your baby.

For “Little Fevers” brand, follow this link for a dosing table for both the old and new infant suspensions.

Five Tips for Holiday Toy Safety

December 22, 2011

Holiday gift-giving is kicking into high gear, and for parents of young children this isn’t just the most wonderful time of the year – it can also be one of the most nerve-wracking.  There were more than 250,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2010, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

So many toys…so many potential hazards.  From lead poisoning, to toy recalls, to flammable or toxic materials, there are many things to look out for when purchasing safe, appropriate toys for the little ones on your shopping list.

With a little research, you can arm yourself with tips that will make shopping for safe toys easier, and you can keep an eye out for recall information throughout the season.

But once the gifts are open, then what?  The following are some safety tips for parents to keep in mind this month:

 1.  Make sure you discard all wrapping paper, boxes, ribbons, product packaging and tools like scissors or box cutters before your children have the opportunity to eat, get tangled in or get hurt by them.

2.  Double check that the toys are age appropriate.  Be on the lookout for choking hazards, cords that are a strangulation risk, or even loud toys that are too loud! Also check the condition of the toys (even when they’re brand new) for paint, splinters and toxins.

3.  You’re in charge of battery installation/changing! All battery compartments should have screws to keep them closed – and the batteries away from your child.  Be especially mindful of disc batteries.  If your child ingests one, seek medical attention immediately.

4.  Scooters, roller blades and other sporting equipment are tons of fun – just make sure your child wears the appropriate helmet and other padding at all times to protect him or herself from injuries.  Resist the temptation to just let them “try them out” quickly without the proper safety equipment.

5.  Beware of hand-me-down toys.  Sentimental, yes! But potentially dangerous? Also yes!  My 2-year-old daughter loves to play with Little People (remember those?) at Grandma and Grandpa’s house – the same ones that my sister and I used to play with when we were little.  We have to watch her carefully, because older toys like these are often smaller and may have been painted with lead paint.

With a healthy dose of caution and some planning, you and your family should have no problems having a fun—and safe!—holiday season this year.

Happy holidays!

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On May 21st, 2018, she joined Portland Pediatrics! Her new office is located at:
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Webster, NY 14580
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