Medications every parent should have on hand and hopefully never need to use

Our very own Dr Molly authored this piece featured in the Beaumont Parenting Program’s blog for new parents.

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It’s 10:00 p.m. and your baby is fussy and hot. You take her temperature and discover she has a fever. You learned from your pediatrician that you don’t have to worry about the fever but since she’s uncomfortable you decide to give some pain reliever/fever reducer. Which do you choose? Acetaminophen? Ibuprofen? Both are great at relieving fussiness and fever so which one you grab from the medicine cabinet depends a bit on your child’s age.

  • Acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol) is recommended for infants until they are over 6 months old. Because infant kidneys aren’t mature yet, parents shouldn’t give ibuprofen until after the 6-month mark. Acetaminophen can be given every 4 to 6 hours and is available a children’s formulation. The dose should always be based on your baby’s weight rather than age, so check out this dose chart to make sure you are…

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