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Precautions and Warnings With Children's Acetaminophen

There are many precautions and warnings with children's acetaminophen to be aware of before giving your child the medication. For example, it is important to know that the drug may potentially cause liver damage. If your child has liver disease, any allergies, or G6PD deficiency, make sure to consult a healthcare provider before giving him or her children's acetaminophen.

Children's Acetaminophen: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your child's healthcare provider prior to using children's acetaminophen (Children's Tylenol®) if your child has:
  • Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
  • G6PD deficiency
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Make sure to tell your child's healthcare provider about all other medicines your child is taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Warnings and Precautions for Children's Acetaminophen

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to giving your child children's acetaminophen include the following:
  • Children's acetaminophen can be dangerous in people who drink alcohol regularly. It may be important to discuss alcohol use with your child (especially older children).
  • Children's acetaminophen can damage the liver. Therefore, if your child already has liver problems, you should talk to your child's healthcare provider before using children's acetaminophen.
  • Children's acetaminophen can interact with other medications (see Drug Interactions With Children's Acetaminophen for more information).
  • You should not treat your child for a fever for more than three days or pain for more than five days without talking with your child's healthcare provider. Your child may have a serious problem that requires medical attention. Also, contact your child's healthcare provider if your child's pain or fever gets worse or if swelling is present.
  • Let your child's healthcare provider know if your child has a sore throat that is severe, lasts more than two days, or is accompanied by a fever, headache, rash, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Children's acetaminophen may increase the risk of serious problems in people with G6PD deficiency (a low amount of a certain enzyme in the body). If your child has a G6PD deficiency, talk to your child's healthcare provider before using children's acetaminophen.
  • Some children who are allergic to salicylates (such as aspirin) may also be allergic to children's acetaminophen. However, many children with such allergies can take children's acetaminophen without any problems.
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