10 Medicines Not to Give Your Baby


Double Doses of Pain Reliever

Some pain relievers, like acetaminophen (baby Tylenol) or ibuprofen (baby Advil or Motrin) are safe to give your infant in moderation for painful conditions like gas, earaches and teething, but pain relievers can also be hiding in preparations you may not expect like cold and cough medicines, upping the risk for dangerous double dosing. In fact, discovering the right dosage and formulation for a child under 2 years of age can be a challenge even if there are no other medications involved. Of course, before you turn to a pain reliever for your baby's symptoms, it's always a good idea to check with your pediatrician.

Special note: Avoid giving acetaminophen to infants under 3 months old or ibuprofen to infants under 6 months old without your pediatrician's approval.