Common Medications

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.

Advice on checking your child’s temperature

Dosing Frequency

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.

Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday, and holidays:
Braintree only, by appointment


Call-hour daily from 7–9 a.m.
Nurses available to assist Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–5 p.m.

340 Wood Road, Suite 301
Braintree, MA 02184
Fax: 781.356.6299

10 Hawthorne Place, Suite 110
Boston, MA 02114
Fax: 781.701.3298