Tips for parents on the hunt for kids’ fever-reducing meds – CBC

Many feeling supply chain woes at pharmacy as cold and flu season ramps up

Oct 04, 2022

Anxious parents are flooding social media sites in search of fever-reducing medication for their little ones as cold and flu season begins. Pediatricians and pharmacists are trying to reassure them there are options.

Starting six months ago, some store shelves of pediatric acetaminophen and, later, ibuprofen products — like liquid Tylenol and Advil or chewable tablets — were bare, according to pharmacists and parents. Health Canada had promised to speak with suppliers earlier this summer about the countrywide shortage.

But clinicians say there’s no need to panic because alternatives exist, and they note help is at hand to talk parents and caregivers through what signs to look for when a child spikes a fever.

Dr. Sarah Reid, an emergency physician and pediatrician in Ottawa, sees a “significant volume” of patients coming in with viral illnesses, with symptoms like fever or cough, vomiting and diarrhea.

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