Children's Advil

Dye-free but still effective for pain relief

One pain reliever of choice for both children and adults is ibuprofen. While we often buy the generic brand ibuprofen, I've started to buy the name brands for my children's pain relief and fever control. Why? Well, I've found that the major brands have started to remove the dyes and artificial colors in their products, and I'm a big fan of that.

The artificial colors and dyes in the over-the-counter drugs that we give our children have been associated with many negative effects. Some researchers have even linked these ingredients to both allergies and ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). Further, color isn't a necessary addition to the product in any way. In fact, it's there more for adults than for kids, as children will accept a non-colored product as easily as a colored one, as long as they haven't been trained to expect a colored product.

So I was pleased to see that Advil now has a children's product that is dye-free and doesn't stain clothes. We're pretty sure that our son has reacted poorly to certain coloring agents, so even when we're looking for a painkiller, we need to find an allergy product. It's a relief to find it in a brand that we trust, which has worked well for us in the past. With our history of allergic challenges, we find it better to take no chances.

Advil is the first major brand we saw that started to provide us with this choice in pain relief. We've also purchased Infants' Motrin in a dye-free version for our daughter, and there is a corresponding Motrin product for children, which is also dye-free.

I am very happy with this product. And though we have spilled it on my son's clothes, I can report that it is non-staining. However, while I'm happy to see that manufacturers are responding to the needs of the consumer, there are still ingredients in this product that I'd like to see removed, including the artificial flavor. Having said that, it's definitely an improvement from the deep dark purple color this product used to be.


~Monique L. Attinger

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