Caring for Our Children Basics

Medication Administration and Storage

The administration of medicines at the facility should be limited to:

a) Prescription or non-prescription medication (over-the-counter) ordered by the prescribing health professional for a specific child with written permission of the parent/guardian. Prescription medication should be labeled with the child’s name; date the prescription was filled; name and contact information of the prescribing health professional; expiration date; medical need; instructions for administration, storage, and disposal; and name and strength of the medication.

b) Labeled medications (over-the-counter) brought to the early care and education facility by the parent/guardian in the original container. The label should include the child's name; dosage; relevant warnings as well as specific; and legible instructions for administration, storage; and disposal.

Topic:Health Services Management

Keywords:Medications

Resource Type: Article

National Centers: Early Childhood Health and Wellness

Last Updated: August 8, 2019