Dr. Howard Gollup is a board-certified pediatrician with Aurora Advanced Healthcare in Germantown. He cares for children from birth through adolescence. Though he cannot respond to individual medical questions, he welcomes your feedback and suggestions for future topics.
Acetaminophen has been a mainstay for treatment of childhood fever and pain for fifty years. It played second string to “baby aspirin” for many years until, in the early 1980’s. At that time, Reyes Syndrome, a rare but serious childhood metabolic condition, was linked to aspirin use in children with influenza or chickenpox. So, acetaminophen became the called primary option for fever and minor discomfort. Even when children’s ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, etc.) entered the scene later in the 1980’s, acetaminophen remained the more popular, trusted, and time-tested choice.
The best known brand of acetaminophen is Tylenol®. It enjoys that sort of name recognition that makes it synonymous with the very product, in the same way that facial tissues are called “Kleenex”® and adhesive strips are Band-Aids®.