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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.

Programs should never administer a medication that is prescribed for one child to another child. Documentation that the medicine/agent is administered to the child as prescribed is required. Medication should not be used beyond the date of expiration. Unused medications should be returned to the parent/guardian for disposal.

All medications, refrigerated or unrefrigerated, should have child-resistant caps; be stored away from food at the proper temperature, and be inaccessible to children.

Topic:Health Services Management

Resource Type: Article

National Centers: Early Childhood Health and Wellness

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