SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — When searching for infant and children’s fever and pain reducers, like Tylenol and Motrin, as well as cough and cold medicines parents are faced with bare shelves.

Trever Wolf, Pharmacist at Shakamak Pharmacy says there is a shortage of raw materials causing a manufacturing issue on top of a brutal start to cold and flu season, creating a perfect storm for these medications to become scarce.

Parents with sick little ones are met by empty shelves and limits on the amount of these medications they can purchase, causing panic.

According to Tylenol’s website they state, “We continue to experience high consumer demand driven by an extremely challenging cold & flu season. While products may be less readily available at some stores, we are not experiencing widespread shortages of Children’s TYLENOL®. We recognize this may be challenging for parents and caregivers, and are doing everything we can to make sure people have access to the products they need.”

While acetaminophen and ibuprofen are not currently listed on the FDA drug shortages list, they are scarce.

Kelly Wood, Public Health Nurse at Sullivan County Health Department, said you can do some non-medical things at home to help bring down a child’s fever:

  • Dress your child in light pajamas
  • Take off socks and hats as children lose heat through their head and feet
  • No heavy blankets
  • Refrain from snuggling and holding your child close to you as your body temperature will increase theirs
  • Offer plenty of clear fluids
  • Offer cold fluids like popsicles
  • Utilize a lukewarm bath or a soak

Wood said, “We are still in the middle of winter, getting a flu vaccine would still be beneficial.”

They encourage people to stay home when they are sick and get good exercise and sleep in an effort to stay healthy.