Tylenol Shortage and Kids’ Medication in Canada

By Kixcare

April 23, 2024

If you’re a parent who lives in Canada, you already know that the province is experiencing an extreme shortage of children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

The shortage could not have come at a worse time, as the weather is getting colder, and viral illness season is back in full force. Croup, colds, influenza, and strep throat have taken over Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms across the country. Yet, parents are faced with an impossible situation - how can they help their child feel better if they don’t have access to the correct medication?

Despite the urgent need for children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen, pharmacy shelves across Canada remain empty. Some Canadian residents have even been forced to cross the border into the States to receive the in-demand medication.

While the Canadian government has acknowledged the shortage and has turned to foreign governments for assistance, Canadian families need a temporary solution.

KixCare is here to help. We have put together two charts that show how you can give adult acetaminophen and ibuprofen to your little one as long as you administer them to your child at a safe dosage.

These charts show how much adult acetaminophen and ibuprofen your little one can safely consume based on weight and give tips on how to portion the adult medication safely for child consumption. Although this solution is far from perfect, this chart will enable Canadian parents to provide their children with the medicine they need to manage their symptoms.

If you have any questions or need medical advice regarding your child’s symptoms, talk to one of our KixNurses today. Let’s all get better together! We are here to support you through this trying time.

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