Should I give my 2 month old Tylenol before, after, or not...

Question: 

Should I give my 2 month old Tylenol before, after, or not at all after his immunizations?

Answer: 

In BC, it is not recommended to give medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen to a baby before routine immunizations. A baby may experience fever, injection site pain and cry or be fussy following immunization. Speak with a health care provider who can help you determine the type/amount of fever/pain medication to give your child based on their age/weight.

For the alleviation of fever and pain, parents can:

  • Apply a clean, cool wet washcloth for 15-20 minutes over the immunization site(s).
  • Give acetaminophen (Tylenol® ). Alternatively, ibuprofen can be given, however, it should not be given to children less than 6 months of age without first speaking to their health care provider.

Immunization Nurse