New Tylenol Dosage Recommendations For Kids

May 19, 2011 Updated May 19, 2011 at 5:50 PM EDT

By WKBW News

May 19, 2011 Updated May 19, 2011 at 5:50 PM EDT

(WKBW/ABC News) The first sign of fever or pain in kids, and parents often reach for acetaminophen, more commonly known as Tylenol.

Now, a government panel is changing dosage information and is including children under age 2.

Liquid formulas currently give instructions for children ages 2 to 12, but a Food and Drug Administration Advisory Panel says the dosage should be based on weight, not age, saying weight is a more accurate measure.

For children younger than age 2, parents are advised to "ask a doctor" to avoid an overdose.

Overdoses of the drug, most common among children under age 2, have increased in the last ten years.

That's why the panel is now agreeing to add dosing instructions for
infants as young as six months.

The FDA doesn't have to adopt the panel's recommendations.

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