Fall is supposed to be all about back-to-school learning, fun and exploring new things, right? I remember as a kid, I would climb trees, build forts out of golden leaves and roam the forest near my house after school. I tried not to let the end of summer break get me down! Now that I’m a mom, I want to make sure my son has the same experience. I won’t let anything interfere with these golden moments of childhood.
Unfortunately, fall has a way of sneaking in a few woes that threaten all the fun. From bumps and bruises (I can’t even tell you how many trees I fell out of as a kid!), to the dreaded fall cold. Oh, the fall cold! It’s the worst, isn’t it? I think colds should stay confined to winter. It’s only fair. They have a whole season in which to wreak havoc. Viruses have a mind of their own though, and they don’t take my opinion into consideration.
Combatting Fall Woes: The Smart Mom’s Medicine Cabinet
As moms, there’s nothing worse than seeing our kids in pain. We want to do everything possible to protect them from the not-so-pleasant parts of fall and help them feel better so they can continue learning and exploring.
My medicine cabinet is filled with all the things I need to get my son back on his feet. I’m pretty well stocked up on things like bandages, antibacterial cream, itch relief cream and wound cleanser. I keep a basic First Aid Kit in my kitchen and in my car so I’m always prepared.
I also keep both Children’s Tylenol® and Children’s Motrin® on hand at all times. Maybe you’re thinking “why both? Aren’t they the same thing?” I’m so glad you asked! They’re NOT the same thing, actually. Knowing the difference between the two and which one to use for which condition can go a long way to beating back those fall weather woes!
Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin: What’s the Difference?
We’re going to talk a bit about the differences between the two medicines, but first, check out this super handy chart! I recommend saving it or printing it out so you can reference it when the cooler weather bites back.
As you can see, there are quite a few differences between the two aside from the active ingredients. Let’s go over some of them and see why it’s important to keep BOTH on hand.
Both Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin provide relief from pain. However, when it comes to pain with inflammation (such as a sprain or muscle aches from over-exertion), I reach for the Children’s Motrin, as it tends to be more effective to me. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory, while acetaminophen is not. Children’s Tylenol is great for the aches that come from a cold, like a headache or sore throat. It’s a “first line of defense” medication. If pain persists, or is extreme, I reach for the Children’s Motrin.
Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin differ in the duration of relief. While I recommended giving Tylenol every 4-6 hours, you’ll need an 8-hour gap in between Motrin doses. The great thing about that: you can give it to your child before bedtime and not need to wake him up for a dose in the middle of the night.
When it comes to relieving a fever, I feel that both Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin can get the job done. However, some parents have told me that ibuprofen brings their child’s fever down faster and more effectively, for those really serious high body temperatures. I’ve noticed that fevers also tend to get higher at night, which is where the 8-hour duration of Children’s Motrin comes in handy.
Effects on the tummy
Tylenol tends to be gentler on little tummies than Motrin, as acetaminophen doesn’t irritate the stomach the way ibuprofen can. When my son has no appetite, I reach for Children’s Tylenol first. I always make sure he has something in his stomach before giving him Children’s Motrin.
I recommend keeping both on hand so that you are able to alternate between the two. I don’t feel comfortable giving my child too much of one medication. I always follow the directions on the label, and talk to my doctor before giving my child any OTC medicines.
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Now that you know why it’s important to keep both on hand, grab this money-saving coupon so you can stock up on Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin! You’ll save $5 when you buy both medicines together!
This post has been generously sponsored by the makers of Children’s Tylenol® but the opinions expressed are my own.