Children under 6 years: If you have children under the age of 6 years, do not use OTC cough cold medicines in such children. Talk to your doctor about other ways to treat your child’s cold. Single-ingredient pain relievers and fever reducers such as Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL® are still recommended.
Children 6 to under 12 years: McNeil Consumer Healthcare’s pediatric cough and cold medicines continue to include dosing information for children age 6 years and older. As per the new Health Canada labeling guidelines for pediatric cough and cold products, dosing is now based on age exclusively rather than both age and weight.
We have now revised all labels for children’s TYLENOL® cough and cold medicines to align with the new dosing guideline. If you were previously using a lower dose (one intended for a 2-5 year old) for a child 6 years of age and older and are now concerned about administering a higher dose; please consult your healthcare professional. However, please be assured that dosing in the 6-12 year age group has not changed. When used as directed, children’s cough and cold medicines are safe and effective.
The following cough and cold medicines should only be used in children age 6 -12 years:
Children's TYLENOL® Cold
Children's TYLENOL® Cold & Cough
Children's TYLENOL® Cold & Cough Nighttime
Children's TYLENOL® Cough & Runny Nose
Children's TYLENOL® Decongestant
Children's TYLENOL® Cold & Cough (Cold DM)
Junior Strength TYLENOL® Cold & Cough (Cold DM)
The label changes do not apply to single-ingredient pain reliever/fever reducers such as Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL® (acetaminophen) and Infants’ and Children’s MOTRIN® (ibuprofen).
McNeil Consumer Healthcare is committed to working with Health Canada to continue to provide parents and caregivers with appropriate treatment choices for children.
For More Information: Consumers or retailers who have questions or concerns about the medicines described in this communication should contact the Information Centre at 1-800-265-7323.