Storing and Administering Medicine to Children in a Home Based Setting

Storing, administering and record keeping of medication
Section 3 of the EYFS Statutory Framework outlines the Safeguarding and Welfare requirements that every child carer must abide by.
The ways in which medication is stored and administered is very important. If children do come into contact with some medication it may have a serious effect on them; they may begin to feel drowsy or sick or may, in some cases, have an allergic reaction to the medication and become very ill.
If I am asked to administer prescribed medication to a child in my care I should adhere to the two points below:
  * I must read the label carefully. I must double check that the name on the label is correct and double check the dosage they are to administer. The label will also have instructions on how the medication should be stored.
  * If necessary, I should arrange an appointment with the child’s GP or nurse so that I can receive the training necessary to administer the medication. Medication can be anything from an inhaler to an epi-pen so it is fundamental that the I am aware of how to administer the medication and receives training.
There is also a list of key information that I must get from the child’s parents before administering the medication:
  1. What the medication is and what it is for;
  2. What is likely to happen when the medication is administered, e.g. side effects;
  3. How often does it need to be given to the child;
  4. How much of the medication does the child need;
  5. How is it administered;
  6. What will happen if the child carer forgets to administer the medication;
  7. How is it stored?
It is important that I fully understand the medical condition the child has. If it is an allergy, it is vital that I avoid giving them any products that contain what they are allergic to. This is another reason why a paediatric first aid is important with regards to child care. It may be the case that I am looking after a child that has just begun...