Infants’ Tylenol Class Action Settlement – Get Up to $15 Back Without Proof of Purchase

Hip2Save may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you via trusted partners and affiliate links in this post. Prices and availability are accurate as of time posted. Read our full disclosure policy here.

More Baby

infant Tylenol

Have you purchased this popular baby medication during the past 5 years?

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay up to $6.3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit claiming that its Infants’ Tylenol was deceptively packaged as being uniquely formulated for babies.

The lawsuit claimed that the pain reliever was marketed to new parents by use of the word “infants” along with a picture of a mother holding a baby. This allegedly caused consumers to believe that the medicine was made especially for infants when in fact, Infants’ Tylenol contains liquid acetaminophen in the same concentration as Children’s Tylenol.

Infants' Tylenol at Walmart

If you’re a U.S. resident who bought Johnson & Johnson Infants’ Tylenol between October 3, 2014 and January 6, 2020, you can use this Claim Form to request a partial refund of $2.15 per bottle for up to seven bottles without proof of purchase. The maximum you can receive without proof of purchase is $15.05, but consumers with receipts may claim an unlimited number of bottles.

Claim Forms must be submitted online by April 13, 2020, and only one Claim Form may be submitted per household. Claimants are reminded that all claims are submitted under penalty of perjury. If you’re unsure whether you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to verify your eligibility.

Stay informed with the latest news of class action lawsuits, safety alerts, and product recalls!

Join The Discussion

Comments 48

  1. nettienoo

    Thanks I didn’t have an infant at the time but I had bought a bunch for someone I know.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome!

  2. hellfiregainz

    This is one ridiculous lawsuit.

    • Annie

      Agree! I am always conflicted with these – do I take part since I am technically a class participant or refuse because these lawsuits do nothing but raise costs and wast precious court time.

      Some class action lawsuits are appropriate and cause real harm. For this, all you have to do is look at the bottles and you will see. It caused no harm at all .

      • Brooke

        Why would a parent of a infant pick up a bottle labled for a child and compare the two? How would they know they should do that and why should they have to do that?

        • RussellKatie Priest

          Also at some stores the infant and children’s Tylenol are on two separate sides of the stores!

        • Sheila

          I read the ingredients for both for the same reason I follow this site. The children’s is a larger bottle and cheaper by the ounce, so if it is the same medication why wouldn’t I? Part of this is my responsibility as an informed consumer.

          • sarahbowen

            If you are a first time mom, you probably will ignore the children’s bottle with a toddler when there is the same brand with the word infant and a baby on the picture.

          • R

            I’m actually astounded at the number of “new” parents dosing their infants with OTC medications that appear to unable to read a label or don’t understand that dosing young children is done by weight, not age. Tylenol is hard on the liver, and we’re talking about babies here. If you are a new mom, maybe a call into your pediatrician or nurse would mitigate all this confusion over pictures on boxes. My pedi provided a medication chart that used the generic names and formulations (mg/ml), which allowed me to understand what meds my child was actually ingesting and buy offbrands that were at least half the price (acetaminophen is all the same).

            • Mary

              I don’t care how educated you are. If you’ve been kept awake by an infant for a long time and said infant gets a fever requiring a medication, you’ll be defaulting to the picture on the box and the chart on the back, STAT. Sure, I CAN do the math to dose by weight, but math isn’t my thing when my neck is aching, my boobs are leaking, my baby is crying and I’m exhausted!

              • Sara

                Thank you lol. I’m a pediatric registered nurse and it would be much smarter in my opinion to go by the chart than to grab 5 different bottles and compare them when you’re grabbing things for a sick baby.

            • Kimberly Borkowski

              Acetaminophen is all the same, but the filler ingredients aren’t. When your child has allergies, off brands are not an option. As far as your off putting comment about education, our pediatrician specifically recommends only the name brand Tylenol; furthermore, Infant Tylenol for our newborn. Do you think he is uneducated too?

          • Vickie busterna

            I do this myself….have for my kids,grandkids and now great grandkids….because if infants and childrens have same things in it and same amout of it,then i buy childrens for same price,double the amount….

        • lynsiks

          I figured it out after i had both an older child and an infant and had both bottles at home. For my first child I always bought the infant kind, but with my 2nd and 3rd I had learned to use the children’s.

          • sarahbowen

            This was me too. Although I won’t participate on the settlement, I do understand why this must happen. They really need to price their products fairly. I mean, Yes this is Not some $60 bottle but we have to call out when a company is being unfair.

            • Mary

              To play devils advocate, perhaps they thought they should charge “per dose”? I know I have given my older kids plenty of vitamins and such meant for adults simply because for them to get enough of the kids version they’d need like 6 gummies…may as well be a snack!

        • supersaver

          Exactly! The only way I figured it out was when my son was nearly 2 and we ended up going to the ER for a fever because it wouldn’t come down even after an age appropriate dose of Tylenol. Turns out I should have been dosing based weight which would have bumped us up to the children’s version. He had a whole lot of unnecessary tests and we wasted a lot of money because of this incident.

        • Annie

          I agree that it is a marketing gimmick, but there is nothing that stopped anyone from purchasing a different formulation. Even with infant ibuprofen the concentration between infant and children’s is different, but you can adjust the dose and get to the exact right amount of medicine. I respect your opinion but disagree that this lawsuit was appropriate.

          • Annie

            Also – my pediatrician’s office gave dosing instructions for both (with the concentration noted). Should we sue the doctors for not pointing out that they are the same?

            • sarahbowen

              Why are you appealing to extremes and trying to include pediatricians all of a sudden? This is on Tylenol for trying to get parents to pay an unfair amount for an infants’s package… maybe the included syringe is made from unicorn tears.

          • Ana

            They are profiting off parents who trust they needed the infant formula. They deserved this 100%

      • supersaver

        They make you believe you have to buy the infants version for your infant. The infants version costs 4x as much. Check Target’s website even now…$5.99 for 1oz of the infant version or $5.99 for 4oz of the childrens. They are the same formulation but the age recommendation on the box is different.

        • Annie

          I agree that it is a marketing gimmick, but there is nothing that stopped anyone from purchasing a different formulation. Even with infant ibuprofen the concentration between infant and children’s is different, but you can adjust the dose and get to the exact right amount of medicine. I respect your opinion but disagree that this lawsuit was appropriate.

          • sarahbowen

            They priced it the same for a 4 fl oz children. The infant is 1 fl oz only. I hope you start to understand why this lawsuit has gravity. Maybe Tylenol was really just trying to sell the syringe with a free sample of the children’s formula??? LOL!!!!

            • R

              What gravity does it have? ACT Kids alcohol free mouthwash is more expensive than the alcohol free adult formulation, yet it’s the same dosing no matter age and same active fluoride ingredients, but a smaller bottle and thus more expensive per ounce. The only difference is flavor. Am I being disenfranchised or deceived? How can I be certain the mint version is equally as safe as wild watermelon for my kids without the kid friendly labeling?

              This lawsuit is nonsense.

          • CG

            I agree it is a marketing gimmick. I also believe it is the responsibility of the parent to read the packaging and research the product, if needed.
            We buy the Equate brand (Wal Mart) and they also charge more for the infants than the children’s even though they are both are 160 mg per 5 ml. The children’s has 4 ounces and the infant’s has only 2 ounces. I think lawsuits are needed for dangerous products not because people can’t read packaging.

        • Annie

          Also – the infants do come with a syringe which costs more than the dosing cup.

      • Mschwark

        I am inclined to agree with Annie. It’s no different than items packaged in bulk that appear to save money but don’t

      • Boneil

        Disagree. It’s irresponsible to package something as different and charge double. I bought plenty until I looked at the dosage and realized I could spend half and just dose differently.

    • supersaver

      It’s actually one I agree with. Having had 2 babies during this time I eventually noticed that the only difference between the “infant’s” Tylenol and “children’s” Tylenol was the packaging. It was a gimmick to charge more for the infant’s version. As a new parent though you feel like you have to buy the infant version because there must be some reason for the difference.

      • Jervine87

        Yes. I have 3 little ones and I JUST noticed this last week. I never realized they were the same and was always confused which one I needed

      • sarahbowen

        you are right! If only they priced the infant package accordingly… but a 4 fl oz children is the same price as 1 fl oz of infant?? WOW.

  3. Sara

    No kidding! I remember being a broke new mom and shelling out the extra for infants. That is very sneaky that it even exists honestly instead of just saying for infants or children.

  4. Leopardbmd

    Wow 🤯. I’m a new mom with an infant and have always paid for the infant bottle because I assumed there must be a difference since it’s in a separate and distinctly labeled package and the dosing info is different. This makes me mad that the whole time I could’ve saved a lot of money by buying the children’s bottle. I’ve even looked at both bottles and thought they looked remarkably similar in content but they *must* be different since it says infant. I didn’t want to take the chance of improperly giving my baby medication so I always bought the infant one. Thank you for posting. I fully plan on trying to get some money back. That was very deceptive marketing.

    • Ana

      I agree, when you’re a tired out parent with a new baby you sure don’t need extra confusion . Also, parents are quite sleep deprived especially with sick kids and they profited off that. I do not feel guilty at all about this at all.

  5. Sarah

    “Infan” and “chirldren’s” use to be different. The infant formula WAS more concentrated (less to have to give a baby) until that was regulated for possible overdosing. That is why they are the same now formula now but still different packaging.

    • sarahbowen

      It’s not that it is concentrated but you actually just give less to younger kids. We received a dosing chart from our pediatrician where it says the age or weight of the baby and how much you should give based on the type of liquid medicine.

    • Claudia

      That’s what I remember too. Motrin went through the same thing because when I had my first kid in 2014 the manufacturers were switching concentrations and our pediatrician gave us a dosing chart with the old concentration and the new one and made it a point to mention it in person for the first 4 visits including hospital discharge. So yes, the different labeling was needed and then kept around deceptively.

  6. Lindsay

    My pediatrician actually pointed this out to me and I had no idea! Sure, it was my fault for not reading all of the packaging, but they obviously did this as a marketing trick to get you to pay the higher price. I assumed I had to get the “infant” and not the “children’s” since it was for a baby.

  7. Dk

    I found this out on my own, after buying my second infant dose box as well as childrens for my then 3 month old and 4 year old. I was reading the backs and Same. exact. thing. Only infants is 3x as expensive for a third of the amount. Glad I switched before I lost out on even more money. They’ve used the same childrens tylenol since my babe was about 4 months old. It is mis leading for sure, I let every new mom I know when I found out.

  8. Cristine

    Figured this out a few years back after having both kinds. I didn’t really care though honestly, the price was not that different where I live so I don’t see the need to collect money from the company. 🤷‍♀️

  9. Crafty Bargainista

    Here is some clarification… Infants Tylenol *used* to be a higher concentration. So back then it was priced higher per ounce than Children’s Tylenol because it was more acetaminophen per ounce. But (from what I heard) people were getting confused thinking Children’s and Infants were the same and there were concerns about overdosing from parents accidentally giving a child the higher concentration at the lower concentration dosing. As a result, Tylenol changed it so that they’re the same acetaminophen per ounce. BUT they were being kind of sneaky by keeping the same elevated price when now they’re basically the same medicine. Yes, one comes with a syringe and one comes with a cup… but that doesn’t explain the price difference. Now… if you really want your mind blown… drug stores and even Walmart carry an ADULT liquid acetaminophen and, yes… it is also the same amount of medicine per ounce. Just do some math. 🤓 And it is even cheaper than children’s! Once my kids became toddlers, I started giving them that… at our pediatrician’s recommended CHILD’s dosage by weight, of course! Oh, and we’ve had pharmacy give us free syringes if we ask nicely when we’re picking up a prescription. 😁

  10. Anonymous

    To properly dose acetaminophen for a small infant, you need a syringe to measure the mls which I believe only comes in the “infant” Tylenol. The children’s Tylenol contains the dosing cup which you might be able to measure 2.5 ml, but that wouldn’t do much good for the young babies who need smaller dosing. So, technically the boxes are a little different, even though the drug inside is the same. As others have said, infant Tylenol used to be more concentrated so you didn’t have to worry about babies needing to swallow a bunch of liquid but they changed that within the Past 5 years or so. As a pharmacist, I would hope that a patient would feel comfortable enough to ask one of us (or another medical professional) if he/she was confused by labels on medications before going home to Give it to their child. On the other hand, was the company making a little profit? I’m sure they were, but there’s a whole lot of other big companies out there doing the same to us…. ever heard of the “pink tax”?

  11. Mary

    I never noticed they were the same concentration, but even if I had, I would’ve still sprung for the infant version because I would wonder if there were other fillers/additives/unlisted ingredients or even a different manufacturing technique that might be specific for infants vulnerable tummies and livers.

  12. Gail Brock

    Yall do know that there are class action attorneys that go out looking at items to find something questionable with them and then they find someone that used the item that will agree to use the attorney to start the class action lawsuit.

  13. Gail Brock

    Hi. Yall do know that there are class action attorneys that go out looking at items to find something questionable with them and then they find someone that used the item that will agree to use the attorney to start the class action lawsuit.

  14. peretz12

    I’m actually happy about this lawsuit. It wastes my time and confuses me even more on what to get when they mark this as an Infants Tylenol, yet when you read the label it says “Not to be used for children under 2”. Then don’t mark it as infants!!! I don’t pay attention to the pictures, so that doesn’t get to me, but I can see how someone with limited English would rely more on that.

  15. Jessica

    As a panicked aunt who has NO kids, I had my sick nephew I’m obviously going to grab the one that’s for babies because that’s what it SAYS. I’m not going to take time to read the box. It’s not fair to mislead people. I’m taking full advantage of this because I purchased multiple boxes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

It's not your Grandma's coupon site!

Sign up for a Hip2Save account (it's free) to access all of the awesome features!

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Register

Forgot Password

Don't have an account? Register

Become a Hip2Save Insider

Don't Miss Out! Join our large community of insiders - it's totally free! Once you join, you'll be able to save & share your favorite deals, rate posts and recipes and add items to your HipList and Cookbook! What are ya waiting for?!

Already have an account? Login

Thank you for rating!

Would you also like to leave us a comment?