FDA Votes to Provide Acetaminophen Dosage for Infants on Labels

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The FDA recommends dosing information be included on acetaminophen packages for children. Credit: Getty Images

Odds are if you worry you're giving your baby too much medicine, it's probably for good reason.

A panel of U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers unanimously voted today that dosing information on over-the-counter meds containing acetaminophen -- think Children's Tylenol or Triaminic -- should be included for kids 6 months to 2 years old, HealthDay reports.

Labels for the liquid fever reducer and pain reliever products currently give dosage instructions for children ages 2 and older; for kids younger than 2, the labels say "ask a doctor," according to the health site.

Of course, "ask a doctor" can be confusing -- and overdosing kids can be dangerous. HealthDay says FDA data shows acetaminophen-related ods are most common in kids younger than 2, and have risen in the past 10 years.

The site reports the FDA vote looked at a small number of single-ingredient products, among them Children and Infants' Tylenol, Triaminic, Little Fevers and drugstore brands.

According to HealthDay, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and drug manufacturers are in favor of the vote.

"If we give parents better information, they will be able to give enough of the medicine to work well, at the same time minimizing the side effects," Dr. Daniel Frattarelli, a pediatrician in Dearborn, Mich., who chairs the academy's drug committee, tells the site. "Parents want to do the right thing for their children. We as a medical community have to give them that information so they are able to do this."

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