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Administering Medication Policy
Administering prescription medications in special circumstances:
Some medicines need to be administered to enable children with occasional special medication to participate in activities in the nursery at Caversham Nursery School.
For example these could be an inhaler or nebuliser for asthma, epinephrine (EpiPen) for an allergic reaction or glucagons for insulin.
Parents/carers will need to fill in the prescribed medication forms and instruct the qualified staff members when to administer it. For example “As needed” (with a description of what ‘As needed’ looks like for the child)
Nebuliser treatments for Asthma.
A qualified member of staff may have to administer a nebuliser treatment in response to a mild to moderate asthma attack in a child with a history of asthma.
Use of Epinephrine for allergic Reaction – EpiPen
Senior staff may need to administer epinephrine in response to an allergic reaction. In a child with known history of serious allergy develops signs and symptoms after an exposure to the causative substance.
Will only be used when:
Glucagons treatment for Insulin Shock
Senior Staff may need to administer glucagons in response to a rapid onset of severe insulin shock or hypoglycaemia in a child with insulin-dependent diabetes.
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Administering Non-Prescription Medication:
To ensure that the administration of medication is controlled. To ensure that the requirements of the relevant body Ofsted are complied with.
Only prescribed medication may be administered with the exception of temperature
reducing infantile suspension and other agreed necessary medication, teething granules and natural creams for the child.
The temperature reducing infantile suspension is only to be given to the child with the parents/carers written consent. Controls are put in place for administration of it:
To be Reviewed April 2021