It’s that time of year again! School will be starting for many districts around St. Louis in the coming weeks. As we say goodbye to summer this year, it’s important for you and your family to take the right steps to help your child have a successful beginning of a great school year. If your child is one of the 6.5 million children in the nation who is being treated for a chronic medical condition like diabetes or asthma, your preparation will more than likely be more involved than simply checking off your school supply checklist.
If your child uses prescription medications throughout the day, here are 4 handy tips to help your child adhere to his or her medication plan and have a successful school year!
Be Aware of School Rules – It’s important to know who is allowed to administer medication to your child at school. It is also advantageous to know if your child is allowed to carry his or her medication or if it needs to be brought to the nurse’s office instead. Also, know if your child will be expected to report to a certain place at a certain time on his or her own, or if will he or she be called to take the medication.
Give the School Clear Instructions – Before your child heads out for school, prepare a typed list of medications for the school staff. You may also include an action plan for faculty and staff to refer to in the event of an emergency. Make sure that everything is updated before providing the school with copies of these instructions.
Make the Mornings More Effective – We know that mornings can be difficult when you need to get your child to school on time. If your child needs to take a morning dose of medicine, try including it in the morning routine to make the mornings easier. If your child happens to miss the dose for whatever reason, have a backup plan in place so that he or she can take it at school.
Keep Your Child in the Loop – Don’t keep your child in the dark about his or her medication or conditions. Educate them calmly about what the medication does, when and how often it needs to be taken, what side effects he or she could experience, and any signs of an allergic reaction. The more informed your child is, the more comfortable and confident he or she will be when taking the medication.
It’s always smart to keep a close eye on your child’s medication as well, whether at home or in school. If you find that the medication is running low or if you have any questions about it, visit Millbrook Pharmacy! Our knowledgeable and friendly staff members are always happy to have any questions you may have.
We hope you and your child will have a successful 2017-2018 school year!