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Classes are starting back up, and some children need to take medications to school with them. Erica Labar, M.D., the Medical Director at U of L Pediatrics at Kosair Charities, explains the six thing you need to tell your child's teacher.
· Reason for the medication
· Drug name and dosage
· When and how it should be taken
· Documentation plan
· Possible adverse reactions
· Emergency contact information
Parents are responsible for supplying prescribed current medications in labeled containers as well as needed medical devices
Most of these forms require a physician or healthcare provider's signature.
Older and more responsible students may be allowed to carry medicines with them and take them when needed, whereas younger children may have medicines kept in the front office or classroom.
Plans should also be made for field trips, camps, and other out-of-school or after school activities.
Parents should discuss with the school how any treatment given will be documented and how they will be contacted should the need arise.
It is the parents' responsibility to supply the school with prescribed medications, provide labeled containers, keep medications current, and supply any medical devices needed (nebulizers, insulin pumps, oxygen).
By working together, parents, doctors, and schools can ensure these children have a safe and healthy school year.