nursery refusing to take a baby on medication?

(13 Posts)
Theas18 Tue 11-Mar-14 10:59:25

Where do we go with this? Friend has a baby on regular meds- not life threatening condition or anything but needs them during the nursery day. Several nurseries and a childminder have refused to take him after asking silly q's like " is he registered disabled" !!

(well the CM didn't refuse but the place rapidly stopped being available)

Mum can't return to work unless childcare can be found.

BitsinTatters Tue 11-Mar-14 11:00:30

Surely depends what the medication is? And whether the underlying health issue would be a problem at the nursery?

Theas18 Tue 11-Mar-14 11:06:22

Can't really share but the meds are very normal meds and nothing really desperate would happen if not given, though the child might be miserable and need more one to one general care (changing clothes etc again not specialist care).

Baby isn't say epileptic or anaphylactic or anything like that. I guess maybe that's the issue a baby with a " disability" would have to be accommodated!

HSMMaCM Tue 11-Mar-14 11:37:04

I'm surprised, as nurseries and CMs are regularly asked to administer medicine, from Ritalin and inhalers to anti biotics and calpol etc. Things like tube feeding are not uncommon.

I think this must have been a case of bad luck (or bad communication).

wadi1983 Tue 11-Mar-14 12:52:50

We can't really help.you without more info...

LO needs calpol if temp goes above 37.5 as he fits but nursery not prepared to do.this unless someone is going to.collect within an hour!!!

insancerre Tue 11-Mar-14 13:00:33

seems very strange
most nurseries are very inclusive and more than willing to give medications that are prescribed by a doctor
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Littlefish Tue 11-Mar-14 19:44:23

Are these medicines prescribed by a GP? Do they have to be taken more than 3 times a day? In the nursery where I work! we will administer medicines which have been prescribed by a GP, and need to be taken more than 3 times a day. If the medication only needs to be taken 3 times a day, then there is time for it to be taken before school, after school and before bed.

What reason did the nurseries give for refusing to take the child?

5madthings Tue 11-Mar-14 19:52:45

Littlefish many medicines are supposed to be taken at regular intervals and evenly spaced. Three times a day should be morning, lunchtime and bedtime.

If they took it before nursery, say 8am and then bargain till pick up time, say 5pm and then again at bedtime,7-8pm for nursery aged child or earlier, the medication wouldn't be evenly spaced and that is not recommended.

If my child had medicine needed three times a day I would expect nursery or school to give it. Ours do as lomg as its prescribed by gp, in properly labelled container with dosage and time clearly written etc.

AmandinePoulain Tue 11-Mar-14 19:56:47

Our nursery are perfectly happy to give antibiotics after the first 24 hours, it's never been an issue at all confused

Littlefish Tue 11-Mar-14 20:29:37

5mad - the huge majority of our nursery and school aged children are only in school between 9 and 3 meaning that it is possible to have reasonably evenly spaced doses at 8.45, 3.15 and 7.30. Obviously where child's medication is one which as a timed dosage, such as some ADHD medication, then that is administered during the day.

OddBoots Tue 11-Mar-14 20:32:40

Is this something like reflux medication that needs to be taken with feeds?

cookielove Thu 13-Mar-14 08:11:39

Our nursery will give all kind of medicines we have special forms for long time use and have had many children who are under specialist care at children's hospitals.

If your friend is in Hertfordshire pm me!

TiggyCBE Thu 13-Mar-14 18:15:09

A handy condition to have. It means she's got a good way of identifying a good nursery! Any decent nursery would not bat an eyelid at any doctor/specialist led (not hippy crap) medicine regime. Every time she gets turned down she should view it as a lucky escape.

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