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Is your child about to start daycare? Prepare your medicine cabinet

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Brooke Tucker-Reid, momstown Writer

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Before my daughter started daycare, I was cautioned that she might catch a cold or two at first. Might get sick, they said? She was all sorts of sick for the first few months. At two-years-old, her nose is running more often than it’s not!

As a fairly new mother, I’m still learning what the best things to do are when my kiddo is suffering from a certain ailment. I’m no doctor but I am a knowledge junkie. I used to think that Tylenol cured all so I’ve come a long way. Based on my research and experience, here are a few things I’ve learned so far.

A child has a fever when their temperature is at or above one of these levels: measured orally (in the mouth): 99.5°F (37.5°C) measured rectally (in the bottom): 100.4°F (38°C) measured in an axillary position (under the arm): 99°F (37.2°C).

At the onset of a fever, I feel that Children’s Tylenol® is the best option. Its active ingredient is called acetaminophen and it’s fast acting. I usually try to keep my child cool by offering liquids often and giving her lukewarm baths. I switch to Children’s Motrin®, only if the fever persists. Motrin’s active ingredient is called ibuprofen and I find that it generally last longer for pain and fever relief. Longer lasting relief means your mini could sleep longer at night which is good news for everyone.

Children's Tylenol and Children's Motrin work differently to relieve your child's pain and/or fever because they contain different active ingredients. It’s important to know the difference and have both in your medicine cabinet so you can choose the medication that may be most appropriate for your child's needs. Right now, you can save $5.00 when you buy Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin together! Click here to grab your coupon. Here’s an easy infographic to help you better understand the differences. 


I’ve read a lot about refraining from cough medicine for the first two to six years of your child’s life. If my daughter has a cough and cold I start by offering her a lot of fluids to keep her throat soothed. I also offer her a pillow at night to keep her head and chest elevated. I’ve found a few natural cough and cold remedies that claim to sooth and relax children, especially at night. Sometimes my toddler will say her throat hurts so in some cases I’ll give her Children’s Tylenol®.

Upset Stomach
The common consensus is that there isn’t much you can do in the way of medication for a child with an upset stomach. Sometimes I find that you just have to let them ride it out. Grated ginger in water seemed to work for my daughter but the most important thing is clear fluids of any kind. Keep the BRAT (bananas, rice, apple sauce, toast) in mind. Loads of cuddles go a long way too. Keep in mind that when it comes to fever and pain, I’ve noticed that Children’s Tylenol ® and Children’s Motrin® have different effects on the tummy. I find that although still effective, Children’s Tylenol ® (acetaminophen) is a bit gentler on sensitive tummies than the Children’s Motrin® (Ibuprofen).

If you’re starting your child in daycare, be prepared to scoot home when you get the call from their caregiver saying they’re too sick to be at school. If you’re feeling concerned and your child’s symptoms aren’t getting any better, take them to the doctor or walk-in clinic.

What’s your best advice to help your children feel better when they’re sick?

This post has been generously sponsored by the makers of Children’s Tylenol® but the opinions expressed are my own.



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