Put Medications for your Child in the Right Hands
An IU Health Blackford Release
HARTFORD CITY -- The beginning of school means a fresh start, so don’t get off on the wrong foot by not knowing your child’s school’s policy on medication, both prescribed and over-the-counter. It is vital parents think about the process of sending medication to school with their child because there is an opportunity for mishandling of the medication. School personnel strive for a safe environment and a necessary component of that is properly handling medications. So, what should you do?
“Make sure to inquire about the rules regarding medication each and every school year. Rules and regulations are subject to change and may vary yearly depending on new research and updated policies. Also, depending on state and local policies, a physician’s order may also be required,” said Dr. Thomas Lee, Family Medicine, Indiana University Health Blackford Hospital.
Always count the number of pills you send with your child and notify the school about the amount. Speak specifically with the adult who will be assisting your child with their medication throughout the day about where it will be stored, supplied and will your child be reminded or will they have to remember. It is important to stress to your children that they need to leave the pill bottle in their book bags until they arrive at school and can get it to a specified adult.
It is a good idea to periodically check with the school nurse about your child’s compliance concerning his or her medication or if your child’s medication changes. Also alert them to any adverse reactions they may expect if your child does not receive his or her medication. Keeping track of your child’s medication may seem simple, but miscommunication can lead to problems. Be sure to also send your child’s teacher a note explaining his or her medication history and current state. By working together we will all be able to keep our children and schools safe.