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Helpful Tools & Tips for Moms

Moms know they can trust Triaminic®. Moms also know how to put helpful tips and tools to good use. Try our new Cold & Flu Symptom Tracker to help you make good decisions for your child's health!

Tips from Dr. Jen

Dr Jennifer Trachtenberg, MD - Author and Parenting Expert

Pediatrician Jennifer Trachtenberg, MD — known to her patients as Dr. Jen — serves as chief pediatric officer of RealAge. She is a nationally recognized parenting expert and the author of Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children. Her second book, The Smart Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents: Expert Answers to the Questions Parents Ask Most, was published in March 2010.

Dr. Jen has practiced pediatric and adolescent medicine for more than 14 years and maintains a successful private practice in New York City. She is also an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a mom. Dr. Trachtenberg has appeared on NBC's Today Show and CNN's Headline News and has been widely interviewed by magazines.

Appropriate Use of Children's Medicines

Dr. Jen offers tips:

TREATING YOUR CHILD'S FEVER: If your child has a fever and isn't feeling well, you can give him a fever-reducing medication to temporarily reduce the fever. Children should stay home for at least 24 hours after their temperature remains normal with no medication. Your child should also get plenty of rest, drink clear fluids, keep hands washed and avoid close contact with others. If your child's symptoms continue or get worse, you should call your doctor.

KNOW THE ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Carefully read the labels on all children's medications — both over-the-counter and prescription — and understand the active ingredients, especially if you are giving your child multiple medications. Knowing what's in your child's medicine will help you determine if it's the right course of treatment to help ensure your child is on the road to recovery.

CONSIDER A LITTLE TLC: For a mild headache, Dr. Trachtenberg recommends her version of TLC: Time, Love/Liquids and a Couch. Take time to sit with your sick child in a comfortable, quiet place, like the living room couch, put a cool compress on her head and gently rub her temples until the pain subsides. Sometimes children are just craving some "me" time from mom or dad. But if your child's symptoms continue or worsen, call your pediatrician.

RELIABLE TREATMENT OPTIONS: There will be times when the pain or fever needs to be treated with a reliable medication. Triaminic® Fever Reducer Pain Reliever is the only branded children's over-the-counter liquid acetaminophen product now available nationwide. It can be used to temporarily reduce fevers and relieve minor aches and pains due to the common cold, flu, headache, minor sore throat and toothache for children ages 2 to 11.

DISPOSE OF RECALLED MEDS SAFELY: You should follow the specific disposal instructions on the product label. If no instructions are given, an option is to take the liquid out of the original container and mix it with coffee grounds or kitty litter so it is less appealing to children and pets. For more information on how to dispose of medicines safely, visit the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

Triaminic® products are safe and effective when used as directed, and have been relieving children's cough and cold symptoms for more than 50 years.