Acetaminophen Suppository: Best Option When Child Can’t or Won’t Take Liquid Fever Medication

By Megan Jolin, APN-C (Advanced Practice Nurse-Certified), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Do you have an uncooperative medicine-taker at home? Is your child vomiting or spitting up, making it impossible to ensure that they are getting the accurate dose of liquid acetaminophen for fever or pain?

Thankfully, you have another option: FeverAll® Acetaminophen Suppositories, the #1 doctor-recommended acetaminophen suppository brand.

As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in a busy practice, these are my recommended choice to treat an uncomfortable child who has fever or pain. They are especially helpful, if you have a child who is vomiting, has mouth sores, or other circumstances in which oral medicine is not possible.

An additional benefit is that FeverAll Acetaminophen Suppositories absorb directly across the intestinal lining so they skip metabolism in the liver and often work faster than an oral dose. Plus, there’s no need for extra sugars, sweeteners, artificial flavors or colors when treating your child’s pain or fever. FeverAll has none of that! Better still, you don’t have the pressure of drawing up the exact dose of messy, sticky syrup with a syringe or a (gasp!) medicine cup. FeverAll ensures accurate dosing every. single. time. They are pre-measured, dose specific, and simple to administer.

It helps to keep in mind that you are helping, not hurting your child. This is medicine that your child needs in order to feel better, and giving a suppository is not painful. Once you have given it the first time, you will see how easy it is to do. Here are the steps for giving a rectal suppository:With three strengths available in a convenient, tiny-sized suppository, FeverAll Acetaminophen Suppositories are much easier to administer than you think. Some parents may feel anxious about giving their child a suppository. But really, there’s nothing to fear!
  1. Remove the wrapper and lubricate the tip with a few drops of cold water or a water-soluble lubricant.
  2. Place your baby:
  • On either side with knees bent toward the chest
  • On their back with knees to chest, as if to change a diaper
  • Over your lap or on their stomach with knees to chest
  • Hold the suppository between your thumb and index finger.
  1. With your other hand, separate the buttock cheeks until you see the anal opening.
  2. Slowly insert the small, lubricated suppository into the anal opening using the tip of your index finger about one-half inch. You will feel it slip inside. You will know if you have put the suppository in far enough if it does not come right back out.
  3. Gently hold your child’s bottom closed for a few minutes to keep your child from pushing out the suppository. Body heat causes the suppository to melt and begin to take effect.

If you have any questions about giving a suppository to your child, please call your health care provider. To see additional fever info and baby care tips, see the FeverAll Hot Topic video series with Megan Jolin on the FeverAll YouTube channel.

Megan Jolin, APN-C (Advanced Practice Nurse-Certified) is a pediatric nurse practitioner, Mommy MD Guides team member ( and busy mom of two little boys. For more information on the role of a pediatric nurse practitioner, visit the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners website:

*Megan Jolin is a paid consultant for Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Inc.

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