Babies’ Tylenol includes a dosing syringe, while Kid’s Tylenol has a plastic cup. Both consist of the exact same concentration of the active component, acetaminophen.

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Babies’ Tylenol includes a dosing syringe, while Kid’s Tylenol has a plastic cup. Both consist of the exact same concentration of the active component, acetaminophen.

Ryan Kellman/NPR.

If you have actually ever had a child at house with a fever, you may have discovered 2 alternatives for Tylenol at the shop.

There’s one for babies and one for kids. They consist of the exact same quantity of medication– 160 milligrams of acetaminophen per 5 milliliters of liquid– however the baby variation expenses 3 times more.

What offers? It ends up, there’s a backstory.

For years, Babies’ Tylenol was more powerful than the kids’s variation The thinking was that you do not wish to offer infants great deals of liquid medication to lower a fever– so you can provide less if it’s more powerful.

” It was 3 times more focused,” states Inma Hernandez of the University of Pittsburgh School of Drug Store. Given that it included more acetaminophen, the active component, she states, it made good sense that it was likewise more pricey. “The rate per milliliter was 5 times greater,” Hernandez states.

However there was an issue: Moms and dads were making errors with dosing. Children got ill– some even passed away So in 2011, at the prompting of the Fda, the maker of brand-name Tylenol, Johnson & Johnson, revealed a modification: Babies’ Tylenol would be the exact same concentration as Kid’s Tylenol.

Now it’s the exact same medication, however the rate is still various

A fast search online reveals 4 ounces of Kid’s Tylenol selling for $5.99, and Babies’ Tylenol likewise costing $5.99, however for just 1 ounce of medication. With numerous shop brand names of acetaminophen, it’s the exact same story: The baby variation is normally 3 times more pricey than the one for kids.

Kim Montagnino of Johnson & Johnson stated in a declaration to NPR that Infants’ Tylenol is more pricey since the bottle is more tough and it consists of a dosing syringe, rather of a plastic cup. “These security functions of Babies’ Tylenol (dosing syringe, stiff bottle) are more pricey to produce than the dosing cup and bottle for Kid’s Tylenol,” Montagnino composed.

Hernandez does not purchase it.

” The cup versus the syringe does not truly discuss the rate distinction in my viewpoint,” Hernandez states. “They’re truly low-cost since they’re simply plastic. When we consider what’s pricey in a drug, it’s really the active component, and the preparation of that active component in the formula, not the plastic cup or the syringe.”

However Johnson & Johnson’s description makes good sense to Edgar Dworsky, a customer supporter and creator of the site Customer World “There’s an additional thing in package, and additional things normally cost cash,” he states.

” Consider a spray cleaner. You can purchase the spray cleaner in the spray bottle, which costs a little bit more cash. Or you can purchase the refill that offers you more ounces however it does not have the sprayer on top– it’s type of the exact same idea.”

However this, obviously, is not a spray cleaner. It’s medication. And moms and dads are delicate to marketing since the stakes are so high.

” I would definitely picture that product-makers understand that moms and dads wish to be really mindful when purchasing items for their kids,” Dworsky states. “Truly, the lesson is– check out the label. See what you’re getting for your cash.”

Pediatrician Ankoor Shah at Kid’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., understands how complicated all of this is for moms and dads since he gets lots of concerns from them about over the counter medications.

” The product packaging and the dosing is hard, it’s not basic and– individual viewpoint– it’s not parent-friendly,” Shah states.

For example, Infants’ Tylenol does not state on the label what the proper dosing is for a child under age 2. It simply states “ask a medical professional.” Shah states he still utilizes a calculator to find out just how much to offer a kid, based upon their weight, and offers slips to moms and dads at kids’ well check outs. You can likewise discover the info from credible sources online

He states whether you choose the Kid’s or Infants’ bottle of acetaminophen at the shop, the most crucial thing is to get the dosing right.

” When you begin offering more acetaminophen than suggested, there are severe negative effects that might take place,” he states.

The bottom line is: Know what you require. And if you require to invest that additional number of dollars for the syringe and the unique bottle to get the dosing ideal, perhaps the markup deserves it.


If you believe you may have accidentally overdosed a kid, call your medical professional or call your regional toxin nerve center There are 55 toxin control focuses throughout the U.S.; all of them can be reached at the exact same hotline number: 1-800-222-1222