Some Boy has had three colds in three months. Just about one for each month of his life. The first time I hauled my poor stuffy baby into the doctor, I was given quite a few helpful baby cold remedies. Now when he has a cold, we drip saline drops into his nose several times per day and quickly suck them out with a bulb syringe. We prop a pillow under one side of his mattress so he can breathe easier at an angle (or simply have him sleep in his carrier). A humidifier next to the crib helps, or parents can sit with their baby in a closed bathroom while the hot water runs to get some steam in their lungs and loosen everything up. Lastly, we were advised that one of the tried-and-true baby cold remedies is to give them baby acetaminophen to reduce fever and relieve pain.
I’ll be completely honest here: I am a paranoid parent. I’m extremely skeptical of any substance going into his body, be it vaccinations or medicine or even formula. So I wasn’t keen on giving him acetaminophen, but I didn’t want him to be in pain and we’ve needed to bring his fever down a couple times for his own safety. I picked up a generic brand at the store (all the infant Tylenol recalls certainly haven’t eased my mind) and cautiously tried to give him the dosage the doctor recommended. But there’s one problem that I’m sure all the other parents out there will be able to relate to: the suction-dropper is SO inaccurate! You dip the thing down into the acetaminophen and try to pull up the right amount. That takes several tries to get it to the correct dosage line and then you aim it into your flailing baby’s mouth and squirt vigorously, only to have half of the liquid remain in the tube. I feel like I’m target practicing with the stuff. Are we just supposed to cross our fingers and hope that we don’t under- or over-dose them?
Fortunately, PediaCare has developed a new single-concentration liquid (instead of having highly-concentrated infant drops that are sometimes confused with the lower-concentrated children’s formula) with a special dosing syringe and flow restrictors on the bottles. No more repeatedly dipping-aiming-squirting and crossing your fingers that it works out. These droppers let you pull up the exact amount you need and get it all into the baby’s mouth in one mess-free shot. And since all acetaminophen makers are changing to the new FDA-recommended concentration of 160 mg per 5 mL for both infants and children, there soon won’t be any more confusion about dosage (just be sure to carefully read labels and dose correctly during the transition period while stores may have the new uniform concentration and the old high-concentration infant drops).
PediaCare sent me a sample of their infant fever reducer to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.