What pain medicines are safe for babies?

Jun 16, 2017

As far as over-the-counter, non-prescription painkillers go, acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) can be safe for babies if the right strength is given in the right dosage based on the child’s age and weight.

What painkillers are dangerous for young children?

Aspirin should never be given to anyone younger than 19, and over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are not recommended for children under the age of 2, because they can do more harm than good.

In general, giving drugs to children under two years old is risky, and health officials recommend calling a pediatrician before doing so. Also, some children may be allergic to these medicines.

Is one painkiller better than another?

For older children, ages 6 to 17, ibuprofen has been found to provide better pain relief for injuries than acetaminophen, likely because ibuprofen also targets inflammation, according to a 2007 study published in Pediatrics.

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