CANTON, Conn. (WTNH) – Maggie Cole entered CVSS thinking it would be an easy ride. A Canton mother needs children’s Tylenol and other medications for her 13-month-old daughter, Caroline, who was diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum and a painful ear infection.

But she didn’t find the medicine there. So she went to the next CVS, and the next store, and then the next.

“It will break you,” she said. “When you see your little one hurt, you move mountains. You will move heaven and earth to prove that they are better.

For Cole, who is expecting her second child, this year’s shortage of baby formula was a reminder.

Dr. Kirsten Bechtel, who works in pediatric emergency medicine for Yale Medicine, said this season is “unprecedented” when it comes to pediatric illnesses. The rush of influenza, Covid-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has been dubbed the “triad.”

She suggests parents look for general pain or fever reducers as an alternative if their pharmacy doesn’t have what they need.

“You don’t necessarily need to get the brand-name version of Tylenol, Motrin or Advil,” Bechtel said. “They also come in generic forms like acetaminophen for Tylenol, or ibuprofen for Motrin or Advil.”

In a statement to News 8, CVS said, “We are currently seeing demand for cold, flu and pain relief products. We are committed to meeting the needs of our customers and are working with our suppliers to ensure continued availability of these items.

Cole relied on family and friends around the state to track Caroline down. Her mother-in-law finally found it – Walmart was an hour away.

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