Medication at School
Tuesday, August 4, 2009

If your child has asthma or diabetes, he or she may need to take medication at school. Dr. Edward Hill gives some tips on how to do this safely in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Along with books and homework, children are taking medication to school–for asthma, ADHD, diabetes, migraines, even a cold. But taking medications to school is not as easy as carrying a lunch.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses recommend you follow these steps to ensure that all goes well in medicating your child in school:

· Contact your school nurse or principal. They can explain the rules your school follows for handling and distributing medicine.

· Deliver the medication yourself, in the original container, to the school nurse or office.

· Call the nurse or your child’s teacher periodically to find out if your child is getting the medication according to your instructions.

· Be certain that your child knows what the medication looks like and how much and how often it should be given. This will help your child know if he or she is getting the wrong medication or incorrect dosage at school.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.