Besides the chewable tabs and liquid, both which my 3 yr old son hates, are there other formats that advil/motrin/ibuprofen come in? Eg. gummy bears or popsicles or chocolate coated?
I'm having to dissolve the liquid either in yogurt or juice, and given his heavy weight, there's quite a bit of liquid to dissolve and he never gets his full recommended dosage to control his fever.
Dec 18th, 2008 09:50 AM #1
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Children's Advil/Motrin/Ibuprofen - different formats available?
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Dec 18th, 2008 12:31 PM #2
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CHILDREN'S MOTRIN is available as:
Children's Chewable Tablets (Grape)
Children's Chewable Tablets (Orange)
Children's Suspension Liquid (Berry)
Children's Suspension Liquid (Bubblegum)
Children's Suspension Liquid (Dye-Free)
Children's Suspension Liquid (Grape)
Children's Suspension Liquid (Tropical Punch)
Infants Suspension Drops (Berry Dye-Free)
Junior Strength Chewable Tablets (Grape)
Junior Strength Chewable Tablets (Orange)
Dec 18th, 2008 02:14 PM #3
Try switching brands and have him pick out which box.
I've found my children now hate the fruit flavoured chewable Advil - but they LOVE bubble gum Tylenol. So, for fevers, they get the Tylenol first. (Advil is now only for those time you need to stack the doses.)
Dec 19th, 2008 12:09 PM #4
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you could try the junior strength which is more concentrated, but you have to be REALLY careful about the dosing.
For example, the tylenol meltaway tabs for ages 2-6 are 80 mg each, my daughter has to take 3 based on her weight. The junior strength is 160mg/tablet, so she'd have to take 1.5 tablets. The package is labelled for ages 6 - 11 though. She actually doesn't mind the tablets at all, but it would be easier i suppose to get 1.5 tablets into her rather than 3 if she raised a fuss
Try also giving him a drink he likes - juice or even pop if you have to - to swallow as soon as he takes the medicine to wash the taste away, or you could try dosing in a dropper and squirting it in the back of his mouth so the taste doesn't get on the tongue
I actually have both the liquid and the tablets on hand and ask her which she would prefer - liquid, tablets, or suppositories in her "bumby" She'll usually make a choice between the first two, most kids are horrified at the thought of the suppository
Dec 20th, 2008 02:28 PM #5
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Unfortunately, there aren't any "alternative" dosing forms. If you want to stick to liquid to mask the taste, go with the "Pediatric" (infant) drops instead of the "Children's Liquid". The pediatric drops are more concentrated. I know that you have a lot of liquid, based on your child's weight, but using the infant drops will cut the amount of liquid to half. It might be easier to stick with liquid to mask the taste than switch to tablets.
For instance, if he weighs 35 lbs (approx 16 kg) then he needs 80-160 mg (depending on the problem / fever level). That would only be 2-4 mL, using the infant drops. I would draw the required amount up in a 10 mL syringe, along with 6 to 8 mL of grape juice (or something with a strong flavour). For my kids, I try to make it fun for them. My son is also 3 years old, and I give him the syringe so that he can administer it himself. Or, you could give it in a small medicine cup (or shot glass) and let him drink it himself. We often play "doctor" while we are doing it, so I am the doctor and he is the patient.
Only problem is that the infant drops are more expensive than the Children's liquid on a mg to mg basis! So, from a "Red Flag Deals" standpoint, I stick with the Children's Liquid! LOL! Good luck!