Over-the-counter medications may be used to treat common conditions such as fever, aches and pains, and seasonal allergies. We do not advise routine use of cough and cold medicines, especially in children younger than 4 years of age.
ACETAMINOPHEN may be given every 4-6 hours as needed, with a MAXIMUM of 4 doses in 24 hours.
IBUPROFEN may be given every 6-8 hours as needed.
DIPHENHYDRAMINE (Benadryl) may be given every 6 hours as needed.
NON-SEDATING ANTIHISTAMINES are usually given once or twice daily; see package instructions or consult your physician.
Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) Dosing
May be given every 4-6 hours for pain or fever. *Do not exceed 4 doses in 24 hours.*
Ibuprofen (e.g. Motrin, Advil) Dosing
not recommended prior to 6 months of age
May be given every 6-8 hours for pain or fever.
Diphenhydramine (e.g. Benadryl) Dosing
May be given every 6 hours for signs of allergic reaction or seasonal allergies not responding to non-sedating antihistamines.
Cetirizine (e.g. Zyrtec) Dosing
May be given once or twice daily for seasonal/environmental allergies. *Do not exceed 10mg in 24 hours.*
Loratadine (e.g. Claritin) Dosing
May be given once daily for seasonal/environmental allergies.