Two Children’s Pain Relief Products to Have Inside Your Medicine Cabinet

In the journey of Motherhood from being a newbie to today, I credit many valuable resources in helping me along the way – the many parenting books I had collected, advice and stories from Moms in my circle and stories, and of course my doctor’s recommendations. Yet I also have to give credit to myself as well, since with each experience I gained valuable knowledge and wisdom. I guess you can say that in some ways, we are all parenting experts when it comes to our own children.


When my oldest was just over two years old she had developed a mild grade fever, I gave her Children’s TYLENOL® since up until then I had used Infants’ TYLENOL® Drops. It was only natural to opt for the next age-intended product that I had used in the past. In this instance, her fever broke within a couple of hours so it did the trick in helping her get back to her wildly toddler ways.


Yet it was the next occasion that I, under doctor’s advice, gave her Children’s MOTRIN®.. Since her fever was caused by teething, my doctor recommended an ibuprofen product. This experience made me realize that I should learn more about each product since each work differently, and should consider keeping both products in my medicine cabinet at all times.

Are you aware of the differences between Children’s TYLENOL® and Children’s MOTRIN®?

Children’s TYLENOL® and Children’s MOTRIN® work differently to relieve your child’s pain and/or fever because they contain different active ingredients. 

  • Children’s TYLENOL® can provide fast, effective relief of fever and pain due to cold, sore throat and muscle aches and sprains..
  • Children’s MOTRIN® works differently to alleviate these symptoms and provides up to 8 hours of fever relief.

Yet ‘pain’ is a general term isn’t it? It’s easy to focus on this word and assume that they are one in the same, yet that’s not the case. Children’s Tylenol® can provide fast, effective relief of fever and pain due to cold, sore throat and muscle aches and sprains. Children’s MOTRIN® works differently to alleviate these symptoms and provides up to 8 hours of fever relief.

I personally don’t reach for one more often than the other, that all depends on what the relief is needed for. Right now one of my twins is complaining about a lot of discomfort from muscle aches, from her tumbling and cheerleading practices.For that, I’m helping her with some Children’s TYLENOL®, for instance.

Having both in my cabinet has better equipped me to help my kids get fast, effective relief.

For that baby of mine, who isn’t a baby anymore at 12 years old, I use Children’s TYLENOL® when she has a fever, yet at other times prefer Children’s MOTRIN® because of it’s anti-inflammatory effects and long lasting relief+.

I believe all moms should consider having both Children’s TYLENOL® and Children’s MOTRIN® on hand. Both can be purchased at national retailers and most local pharmacies. These include but are not limited to: Shoppers Drugmart, Rexall, Jean Coutu, Walmart, and London Drugs.

Of course in all cases in medication administration, especially for kids, ensure you are using the correct dosage and safe-handling and storage of the products. When in doubt, please make sure you consult with your doctor. In addition, HERE is a free printable dosage guide and fever and pain diary for your reference.

To be sure either of these products are right for your child, always read and follow the labels. 

+ Children’s MOTRIN® can provide up to 8 hours of fever relief.

This post was brought to you by the makers of TYLENOL® and MOTRIN® (McNeil Consumer Healthcare, division of Johnson & Johnson Inc., Canada) via Jones Media.

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Johnson & Johnson Inc..


  1. I have always kept Children’s Tylenol and Motrin in our medicine cabinet. When kids get a really bad fever alternating those two can knock it down fast.

  2. Having both of these in your medicine cabinet is a good idea. According to my nurse friend, you can alternate them to get rid of a fever and aches faster than using just one.

  3. I don’t have children but I know how important it is to not overdose on one type of pain reliever. It’s good to have a variety in the medicine chest for when the little ones don’t feel well

  4. These are both staples in my medicine cabinet. In fact it’s time for me to replace them so this coupon will come in handy!

  5. Children’s Tylenol is key to have in a medicine cabinet. We are expecting our first but I babysat my nieces a lot and we always had Tylenol at the ready.

  6. Good advice! I need to follow this for my grandkids. they’re ar our house a lot and I like to be prepared.

  7. These are both always in my medicine cabinet. In fact it’s time for me to buy more! Thank you for the discount!

  8. We just needed these yesterday. I had to go out to get something because we didnt have any. lol

  9. It is such a great idea to have both on hand. You never know when you will need them. This is a bad time of the year for kids getting sick.

  10. I always make sure I have both of these products in the house. They both are great for getting the kids to feel better.

  11. These are two pain reliver staples that have helped us through the last 15 years of parenthood. I always make sure we have a Steady supply on hand!

  12. I always keep both in my cabinet, and utilize them differently for what I need when my kids are sick.

  13. Keeping both on hand is a good idea. As you stated, they are effective in different ways for different kinds of pain.

  14. I remember when my children were little and I had to switch between those two medicines in order to keep the fever away constantly. This post made me smile and remember my babies when they were young.

  15. Having raised 4 kids myself, I couldn’t agree more in the importance of being prepared because kids do get sick, but more often than us moms would like.

  16. That’s right! These two are always a must have when you have little kiddos. Thanks for sharing this!

  17. Both are always in my medicine cabinet. With three kids and now cold season, they are in constant rotation.

  18. I always try to have these in my cabinet. You never know when something is going to come on!

  19. We always have this product in our medicine cabinet. It is a lifesaver when our kids have fevers.

  20. I couldn’t agree more! Tylenol is so important to have in your cupboard. I always make sure I have some just in case.

  21. I’ve always used Children’s Tylenol and Motrin with my daughter. When she was little, alternating them really helped blast out her fevers.

  22. with a grand child on the way, it’s time for this granny to become wiser to her medicine cabinet.

  23. My daughter-in-law always sees to the medication for her children (and is generally the advice giver for the whole family as regards health concerns) and has both on hand.

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