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Liquid Acetaminophen-Over/Underdosing Your Child

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The recent introduction of a new, less concentrated form of liquid infant acetaminophen has prompted the FDA to strengthen its warning about the potential for over or under dosing if you don’t carefully read the label. 

The new lower concentration of 160 mg/5 mL  will affect the amount of liquid acetaminophen given to an infant, especially if you’ve been using the more concentrated 80 mg/0.8 mL  formula. The newer product comes with an oral syringe instead of a dropper to measure the precise dose of liquid.

With both concentrations now in circulation, the concern is you won’t read the label and give your child the same dosage without regard for the new formula.   If you are still confused after you read the instructions, call your doctor.

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