Administering Medication

  • Introduction

    Oral medication must be medication prescribed either by the child’s GP or by a pharmacist. The instructions for dosage should be adhered to. Mid Annandale Playcare must obtain parent/carer written consent and clear instructions as to how to administer such medicine. We will ask parents to fill in a medication form, including the last time the medicine was administered. The parent should have given the child at least one dose of medicine to ensure the child does not have an adverse reaction to it. When a child is given a new medication, parents should watch closely for allergy or sensitivity symptoms. This does not include emergency medication such as an adrenaline pen where the risk of not giving it could outweigh any adverse reaction

    Medication should always be supplied to the service in its original container and box clearly labelled by medical professional with the child’s name, date of birth and dosage.

    Medication Administration Recording System (MARS)

    A Medication Administration Recording System will be adhered to by all staff.

    The record will show;

    • the child’s name,
    • type of medicine administered,
    • reason why medication was/was not administered,
    • date and time administered,
    • dosage,
    • name and signature of person administering medicine,
    • name and signature of witness,
    • time of notification to child’s parent/carer when medicine has been given in an emergency.

    We must receive the medication’s packaging and accompanying patient information leaflet which will include instructions about how to store the medicine.

    Administration of Paracetamol/Calpol

    At M.A.P we are happy to administer liquid paracetamol to a child (with the appropriate labels and documentation) in these circumstances:

    • Teething,
    • After immunisations as requested by medical professionals,
    • Earache and other mild to moderate pains,
    • In circumstances where a fever may lead to a convulsion in a child who has medical evidence of this condition.

    We cannot provide liquid paracetamol for children who have a fever (a high temperature of 38ºC and above). This is because a child’s body temperature often rises in response to an infection with bacteria and viruses and the administration of paracetamol/Calpol could be masking a more sinister illness. If a child does have a high temperature they will be sent home from nursery.

    There is no proven evidence that paracetamol has any effect on coughs or to improve sleeping therefore we will not administer paracetamol for this reason. If a child has cold or flu symptoms we will also refuse to administer paracetamol for this.