My child has a fever, but stores near me are out of over-the-counter medicines for kids. What can I do?

As a parent, it can be stressful when your child doesn’t feel well. With viral illnesses on the rise for children, parents are looking for ways to manage symptoms—including reducing fevers. And many are coming up short on locating over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen products for infants and children.
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With a shortage of the antibiotic amoxicillin, what if my child needs it? Is there a replacement?

This fall, we have seen an early increase in viral infections. At the same time, there is a national shortage of liquid amoxicillin—the antibiotic most often used to treat ear infections, pneumonia and sinusitis. The bulk of the infections making kids sick have been caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza. We’re also seeing rhinovirus, COVID-19 and parainfluenza. These viral infections often can cause ear infections, pneumonia and sinusitis. Sometimes, bacterial infections develop during these viral illnesses as well.
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