Difference Between Infant & Children Tylenol

By R.J. Bowman
Should your child take Infant Tylenol or Children's Tylenol?

When your child gets a fever, you may worry about which pain reliever or fever reducer to give your child. There is a difference between Infant Tylenol and Children's Tylenol, and it's important to understand the difference to avoid overdosing.

Age Differences

Infant Tylenol is intended for children under two years old. Children’s Tylenol is intended for children between the ages of two and eleven. Children's Tylenol can also safely be given to younger children if they weigh more than 24 pounds.

Dosage Difference

The full dosages of Infant Tylenol and Children’s Tylenol are equivalent, at 160mg of acetaminophen. However, Children’s Tylenol gives the dose in a teaspoon of flavored liquid and the infant version gives it in just 1.6 milliliters—the size of the small dropper included in the package.

Purpose of Differences

Infant Tylenol packs the same pain-reliving punch into a smaller amount of fluid to make it easier to ensure that all the medicine makes it into baby’s system. Since older kids know how to use forks and spoons, the dosage makes it easy to measure on any kitchen teaspoon.

Flavor Options

Both Children's Tylenol and Infant Tylenol come in cherry, grape and dye-free cherry flavors. In addition, Children’s Tylenol comes in bubble gum and strawberry.

Warnings

When giving Tylenol to a child under 24 pounds or two years, consult your doctor for proper dosing. He will likely ask you to bring the child into the office for a weight check to ensure that your baby does not get too much medication.

About the Author

R.J. Bowman has a Bachelor's degree in accounting with a minor in English from Pensacola Christian College. After college, she taught English to seventh graders until becoming a mom. At that time, she found freelance writing to be a great way to keep her writing skills sharp.