As a childcare provider I will ensure that I implement an effective procedure to meet the individual needs of a child when administering medicines. I have EpiPen training. In order to achieve this I will do the following:
- Keep a written record of all child’s needs for medication and ask parents to update regularly
- Obtain written permission and instructions from parents for each medicine before any medication is administered and keep all written records of all medicines administered to children in my care.
- Inform parent/carers when a medicine has been administered including times and dosages
- Store all medicines safely either in medicine cabinet or fridge top shelf, strictly in accordance with the product instructions and in the original container it was dispensed
- Seek training if the administration of prescription medicine requires technical/medical knowledge from a qualified health professional. The training will be specific to the child in question.
- Only administer prescription medication to the child if it is prescribed for by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist and has that child’s name and the date on the prescription label.
- Never administer medicines containing aspirin to a child under the age of 16 unless they have been prescribed by a doctor.
- Make sure that I have sufficient information about the child’s long-term medical Condition and needs.
If a child has medication that they administer themselves at my setting (such as an asthma inhaler) then I will ask them to tell me so that it can be recorded. Full details of the medication and the child’s requirements for it will be recorded and the parent will sign to give consent for the child to self medicate.
I will only administer non-prescription medication, Calpol with parents’ previous written consent and only when there is a health reason to do so e.g temperature greater 37.8°C .
I will only administer Piriton if a child is having an allergic reaction with parents’ previous written consent and only when there is a health reason to do so. I will never administer Piriton to a child under the age of 1 unless prescribed by the doctor
I will always try contacting the parent, especially if they have been in my care less than 4 hours, before giving the medicine to confirm if they have had any that morning. I will only administer Calpol and Piriton from my premises.
I will not give children Calpol and Nurofen at the same time or 2 hours after Calpol was given. Should a child need more medication after Calpol e.g if temperate hasn’t dropped, then Parents will be contacted to come collect.