Children's Tylenol


Generic Name: Children's Tylenol Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is Children’s Tylenol® (acetaminophen) used for?

Children’s Tylenol® is commonly used for treating many conditions such as headache, muscle aches, arthritis, backache, toothaches, colds, and fevers.

How should I take Children’s Tylenol® (acetaminophen)?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not take more than your recommended dose. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death.

Adults and teenagers who weigh at least 110 pounds (50 kilograms): Do not take more than 1000 milligrams (mg) at one time. Do not take more than 4000 mg in 24 hours.

Children younger than 12 years old: Do not take more than 5 doses of acetaminophen in 24 hours. Use only the number of milligrams per dose that is recommended for the child’s weight and age. Use exactly as directed on the label.

Avoid also using other medicines that contain acetaminophen, or you could have a fatal overdose.

If you are treating a child, use a pediatric form of acetaminophen. Use only the special dose-measuring dropper or oral syringe that comes with the specific pediatric form you are using. Carefully follow the dosing directions on the medicine label.

Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

How do I store Children’s Tylenol® (acetaminophen)?

Children’s Tylenol® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Children’s Tylenol® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Children’s Tylenol® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Children’s Tylenol® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Children’s Tylenol® (acetaminophen)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Children’s Tylenol® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Acetaminophen made for infants is available in two different dose concentrations, and each concentration comes with its own medicine dropper or oral syringe. These dosing devices are not equal between the different concentrations. Using the wrong device may cause you to give your child an overdose of acetaminophen. Never mix and match dosing devices between infant formulations of acetaminophen.

You may need to shake the liquid before each use. Follow the directions on the medicine label.

The chewable tablet must be chewed thoroughly before you swallow it.

Stop taking acetaminophen and call your doctor if:

  • You still have a fever after 3 days of use.
  • You still have pain after 7 days of use (or 5 days if treating a child).
  • You have a skin rash, ongoing headache, or any redness or swelling.
  • Your symptoms get worse, or if you have any new symptoms.

This medication can cause unusual results with certain lab tests for glucose (sugar) in the urine. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using acetaminophen.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Children’s Tylenol® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Children’s Tylenol®. Children’s Tylenol® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Children’s Tylenol® (acetaminophen)?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction that can be fatal. This could occur even if you have taken acetaminophen in the past and had no reaction. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling. If you have this type of reaction, you should never again take any medicine that contains acetaminophen.

Stop taking and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite
  • Dark urine, clay-colored stools
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Children’s Tylenol® (acetaminophen)?

Children’s Tylenol® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Children’s Tylenol® (acetaminophen)?

Children’s Tylenol® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Children’s Tylenol® (acetaminophen)?

Children’s Tylenol® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Children’s Tylenol® (acetaminophen).

What is the dose of Children’s Tylenol® (acetaminophen) for an adult?

Ask your doctor for more information.

What is the dose of Children’s Tylenol® (acetaminophen) for a child?

This product does not contain directions or complete warnings for adult use. Do not give more than directed. Shake well before using

If possible, use weight to dose; otherwise, use age. Use only enclosed dosing cup designed for use with this product. Do not use any other dosing device.

If needed, repeat dose every 4 hours while symptoms last.

Do not give more than 5 times in 24 hours.

Do not give for more than 5 days unless directed by a doctor.

  • Under 2 years: ask a doctor
  • 2-3 years: 1 tsp or 5 mL
  • 4-5 years: 1 ½ tsp or 7.5 mL
  • 6-8 years: 2 tsp or 10 mL
  • 9-10 years: 2 ½ tsp or 12.5 Ml
  • 11 years: 3 tsp or 15 mL

How is Children’s Tylenol® (acetaminophen) available?

Children’s Tylenol® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Oral suspension: acetaminophen 160mg in 5mL

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Children’s Tylenol®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: October 10, 2017 | Last Modified: October 10, 2017

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