Added Dec 6, 2022
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.
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.
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.
The medical information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education and does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. Please consult your health care provider before making any health care decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition.
ShopAssist expressly disclaims responsibility, and shall have no liability, for any damages, loss, injury, or liability whatsoever suffered as a result of your reliance on the information contained in this site. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions, which may from time to time be changed or supplemented by ShopAssist. If you do not agree to the foregoing terms and conditions, you should not enter this site.
Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the retailer's website at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. As a member of affiliate programs, shopassist.ca earns commission on qualifying purchases.
ShopAssist is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.ca.