Added Dec 6, 2022

Children’s Tylenol, Advil and Other Staples for Every Parent’s Medicine Cabinet

The Children's Tylenol, Advil and other children's acetaminophen and ibuprofen products that assist infants and children with fever and pain relief are in short supply in Canada. A large spike in demand over the summer and three respiratory viruses (COVID, RSV, and Influenza) this flu season have left parents running to store shelves. Parent's are looking for Infants' and Children's Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, and cold and sinus medication. Even the most brand conscious shoppers are willing to grab generic acetaminophen and ibuprofen with no success.

The shortage originated in the summer of 2022 and was confirmed by Health Canada in October and confirmed that the shortage was due to unprecedented demand. The shortage caused by an influx of respiratory illnesses has resulted in overwhelmed ERs.

Parents that live close to the Canada/US border have traveled to pick up Children's Tylenol and Advil or any other children's pain medication they could get their hands on. Regardless of liquid, pill (tablets) or chewable tablets, these medicines are in high demand.

Acetaminophen is a drug that reduces fever and also provides temporary relief of pain from arthritis, backaches, headaches, toothaches, cold and flu, muscle aches, and menstrual cramps. It is often branded as a common pain reliever or cold and flu medication. Tylenol is often synonymous with acetaminophen.

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Ibuprofen is a go-to option to manage pain in injuries with swelling. It is an anti-inflammatory drug used to relieve pain from headaches, dental pain, muscle aches, arthritis, and menstrual cramps. Ibuprofen also helps with cold and flu symptoms as it relieves minor aches and can reduce a fever. Ibuprofen brand names include Advil and Motrin.

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Acetaminophen vs Ibuprofen

According to mercycare.org acetaminophen is best for fever, aches and pains and Ibuprofen is more helpful when inflammation is the cause.

Still interested? Check out the Health Canada website here.

Alternatives Some parents have turned to compounding pharmacies in order to find fever and pain relief for their infants and children. Compounding pharmacies create customized medications for children. They are able to help parents deliver medication to their children who may be sensitive about the smell, taste, size or look of the medication.

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