View Full Version : Children's Tylenol vs. Children's Motrin
07-03-2005, 03:26 PM
At BRU yesterday, I had no idea whether I should get tylenol or motrin for the babies.
07-03-2005, 03:41 PM
I personally prefer Tylenol. No reason why. :)
07-03-2005, 03:51 PM
You can't use motrin before 6 months.
Personally, we use tylenol during the day and motrin at night, because the 6 hour dosing means it lasts longer.
07-03-2005, 03:59 PM
According to the packaging which our Ped recommended we follow, Tylenol is for everday fevers, teething pain, imunizations, headaches and minor pain relief while Motrin is for high fevers, headaches, sprains and strains. Also, Motrin can only be used for babies 6 months and older whereas Tylenol also has dosage for babies 0-6 months.
I've only ever broken out the Mortin for severe teething pain once or twice when Tylenol wasn't working. If i recall correctly, that was for the ol' molars. :) DD has yet to have a high fever but if she did, i would use it for that too if Tylenol wasn't bringing it down.
07-03-2005, 04:01 PM
I've also heard that Motrin might be dangerous for children. Can't remember where I heard this though. We use Tylenol in this home!
07-03-2005, 04:26 PM
I've also heard that Motrin might be dangerous for children. Can't remember where I heard this though.
This (http://pediatrics.about.com/od/weeklyquestion/a/05_motrin_sjs.htm) is probably what you're thinking of. The little girl had an allergic reaction that caused blindness. I knew I remembered hearing about this on the news.
07-03-2005, 04:43 PM
Tylenol here. We tried Motrin for a little while (when she was way past 6 mos.) and I could swear that it made her tummy hurt.
07-04-2005, 07:46 AM
We didn't use anything for a long time, actually. Over a year. Then it was tylenol for a fever. Then I disclocated A's arm and the doc said Motrin would work faster and longer for that pain so that's what I got.
07-06-2005, 05:14 AM
Tylenol for pain, Ibuprofen (mortrin) for swelling. I find Motrin works better for teething, since it's mostly swelling. I have also found that Motrin puts DS to sleep for at least 2 hours, so I don't give him that unless sleep is desirable.
I had a doctor once prescribe DS BOTH at once to control a 103+ fever. It worked, but I don't recommend it unless prescribed.
07-06-2005, 05:41 AM
We use Tylenol for fever/pain and Motrin for teething since it is an anti-inflammatory. Lately though we've been using the Tylenol suppositories because it is so much easier than fighting with DS to take his medicine (my ped suggested the suppositories last year when DS was sick and kept throwing up his medicine).
07-06-2005, 05:50 AM
We have both. Motrin is better for pain caused by inflamation and I think it last longer. For a high fever where the doc wants the baby constantly medicated you can use both, starting the second before the first has totally worn off. You can't start the same one early because that could cause an overdose, but having both in the system at one time is OK. But I think you can't use motrin until the baby is 6mths. I could be wrong about that though.
And,as an aside since you may be faced with another choice: the pros of getting the clear stuff is fewer stains, the cons is it is harder to see in the dropper when you are measuring the dosage.
07-06-2005, 06:13 AM
I have only used Tylenol so far at this point, but after reading here the benefits of Motrin for teething I may try that as DS is teething and the Tylenol doesn't seem to help him for more than a few (3) hours.
07-06-2005, 07:47 AM
My DR usually says motrin, it lasts longer. But I only give it to them if they have recently eaten, it can upset the stomach (same as with adults).
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