Motrin vs. Tylenol

When do you give Motrin and when Tylenol? I'm a first time mom and sometimes I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing. I don't want her to be in pain so I give her Motrin for teething or for fever but for how long?

    They are different medicines and work in different ways, that is why they say to alternate- it is for fever and for pain as well. Children's Tylenol is the number one trusted fever reducer among doctors and parents. Tylenol's active ingredient is acetaminophen. Tylenol can reduce fever for about 4 hours. Dosing can be repeated every 4 hours up to 5 times in a 24-hour period.
    Children's Motrin has come to be the number two trusted fever reducer on the market by doctors and parents. The active ingredient in Motrin is ibuprofen it is a NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug).One dose can last from 6-8 hours. Motrin can be give up to 4 times per day possibly allowing for a full 24 hours of fever reduction. Motrin also comes with a rather long list of side effects and warning. It is not to be given to children allergic to aspirin.
    Hope this help!
      I just completed a course on pharmcy technician. Tylenols contins staight acetaminophen and Motrin contains aspirin which could upset your stomache. When dealing with children or those with stomache ailments it is best to use aspirin.
        Check the back of the Tylenol bottle. The proper measurement for babies is based on the babies weight. They should take it for no longer than 48 hours, I believe. Read the back of the label to be sure. If it seems like the fever isn't responding then seek medical assistance. A baby should not go longer than 48 hours with a fever.
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