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Children’s Advil or ibuprofen can cause swelling or Stevens Johnson Syndrome

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Children's Advil or Children's Ibuprofen used for pain relief in young childrenChildren’s Advil (ibuprofen) is used for pain relief and to reduce the symptoms of colds and fevers. In 1989, the FDA approved ibuprofen for children between the ages of 2 and 11 and in 1996 it became an over-the-counter drug. Wyeth originally manufactured this popular drug but the company has since been acquired by Pfizer. On the product’s website, Pfizer claims that “[Children’s Advil] reduces fevers faster and longer than Children’s Tylenol (i).” This drug is marketed in the following forms:

  • Infants’ Advil Drops
  • Children’s Advil Suspension
  • Junior Strength Advil Chewables
  • Junior Strength Advil Tablets

Children’s Advil Side Effects

Children's Advil has side effects when administered in an improper doseIt is important for an adult who is giving a child any kind of medicine to be careful about choosing the medicine, checking the expiration date, reading the warnings, and administering the proper dose. The FDA has even provided a checklist for adults to follow when choosing over-the-counter drugs for children (View the Checklist). Kids can have particularly severe reactions to medicine because their bodies are small and their food and medicine allergies may be unknown. Common ibuprofen side effects include drowsiness, diarrhea, or nausea. A more serious complication of this drug can be swelling. Swelling is always a concern because if a child’s airways swell it can be life-threatening (ii). A rare but very serious complication that has been linked to common medicines, such as Children’s Advil, Motrin, and Tylenol, is Stevens Johnson Syndrome.

Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Children’s Advil

Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) has been associated with many over-the-counter medicines. SJS is a severe allergic reaction to medicine that can escalate into toxic epidermal necrolysis (TENS). Early signs of these conditions include flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, sore throat, and fever. As the reaction becomes more severe it affects the mucous membranes such as the eyes, mouth (lips and tongue), and other areas. These areas become inflamed and begin to swell. The swelling can cause rashes, blisters, lesions in the skin, and even cause larges patches of the epidermis (outer skin) to separate from the dermis (inner skin) (iii). SJS and TENS can cause permanent and very serious conditions, such as the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Blindness
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Lung damage
  • Permanent scarring or disfigurement
  • In some extreme cases, SJS can be life-threatening

Unfortunately, there have been too many heartbreaking news stories about SJS and children’s drugs. Kids who have suffered these conditions have had such severe reactions that they lost up to 90% of their skin, have reduced lung capacity, suffered permanent scarring, gone blind, and have even passed away. In 2003, three-year-old Heather Rose Kiss passed away from SJS and TENS within a week of taking Advil for children. The sad fact is that the FDA and drug manufacturers have not provided any SJS warnings on the labels of these children’s products. A spokesman for the manufacturer stated, “The labeling and warnings on our Advil products are both appropriate and effective as evident by the outstanding safety profile of the Advil products over more than 20 years on the [over the counter] market.” Manufacturers of other similar medicines have repeated this same line of thinking many times, “because SJS is rare we don’t have to include it in the warnings.” However, the prevalence of this condition caused by children’s medicines is difficult to gauge because many cases are never reported to the FDA (iv).

If you or a loved one has suffered SJS due to taking Children’s Advil, you need to know that there are support and legal options available. In 1995, Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation was established to raise awareness about SJS and TENS as well as to provide support for families who are coping with this condition. You should also contact a personal injury lawyer who can protect your legal rights.

Pfizer and Children’s Advil Lawsuits

Pfizer and Children’s Advil LawsuitsSJS has been the source of a number of ibuprofen lawsuits. In January 2005, the family of Heather Rose Kiss initiated a lawsuit against the manufacturer of this drug. Heather’s mother stated that “[i]f my doctor and my husband and I had known about these risks of SJS and TENS we would have never given her Children’s Advil.” SJS lawsuits caused by children’s ibuprofen usually raise two primary allegations. First, the manufacturer failed to warn about the risk of SJS and TENS in the first place. Second, the manufacturer failed to warn parents that they should immediately stop using the drug when SJS symptoms appear (v).

Have You or a Loved One Suffered Injuries Related to Children’s Advil?

Defective Drug Lawyer meeting parents who wish to bring a Children’s Advil claim against PfizerIf you or a loved one has suffered side effects like SJS, then may want to consider your legal options. A bad drug attorney familiar with these types of cases can provide you with important personal and legal advice. We are working with some of the more experienced Children’s Advil lawyers in the country, who can file a lawsuit on your behalf. And, there is no fee until you receive a settlement or award. Feel free to contact our law offices at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.


  • (i) Children’s Advil Website.
  • (ii) WebMD Children’s Advil Side Effects.
  • (iii) Mayo Clinic.
  • (iv) GMN Independent, May 2005.
  • (v) The Seattle Times, January 2005.