Manufactures work to alleviate Tylenol shortage as flu cases rise

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Frustrated parents in some parts of the country are reporting they can’t find children’s pain relievers.

Manufacturers are aware of a shortage that is making formulations of Tylenol and Motrin for kids difficult to find.

It’s because demand is spiking due to increased cases of infections like influenza and RSV.

The shortage is not nation-wide and the medications are more available in some areas than others.

Experts say parents can look for generic store brands of acetaminophen or ibuprofen, which are just as safe and effective as name brands.

Kids at certain ages can also take adult formulations, but parents should definitely consult with pediatricians because they can be dangerous for small children.

Most fevers also do not have to be treated at all.

Unless a child’s temperature is raising quickly or getting extremely high, treating it is not necessary and will not shorten the duration of the disease.

Fans, luke-warm sponge baths, and drinking extra fluids can help alleviate the discomfort caused by a fever.

Drug manufacturers have also ramped up production, and expect to have store shelves stocked soon.

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