The recommended dose of children's acetaminophen will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The age and weight of the child
- Which acetaminophen product you are using
- Other medications your child may be taking
- Other medical conditions your child may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your child's dose of acetaminophen unless his or her healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Children's Acetaminophen Dosage for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with children's acetaminophen. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most children tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your child's healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Possible serious side effects of children's acetaminophen include, but are not limited to:
- Allergic reactions
- Liver damage
- Ulcers or bleeding in the digestive tract.
(Click Children's Acetaminophen Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your child's healthcare provider.)
Children's acetaminophen can potentially interact with several medications (see Drug Interactions With Children's Acetaminophen).