Nursery will not calpol

(55 Posts)
Audiomated Fri 08-Feb-19 15:28:59

Dad here. Nursery says they cannot now give paracetamol to 2 yo unless it has been prescribed. Can anyone enlighten me please? It is not always possible to drop work and dash to the nursery because child has a temperature and I do not understand why nurseries can no long give a dose of calpol pending collection of the poorly child.

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glamorousgrandmother Fri 08-Feb-19 15:31:06

It's the same rule in schools. To avoid medically unqualified people dosing children willy nilly I should imagine. Assumed 'Common sense' wouldn't stand up in court.

ReaganSomerset Fri 08-Feb-19 15:31:10

We have the same rule at school. In this age of the compensation culture, businesseses and organisations need to be careful. They don't have to agree to give any medication at all tbh. They could just insist you keep dc at home until better.

AngelaStorm73 Fri 08-Feb-19 15:36:53

If they have a temperature without calpol then they are too sick to be at nursery or school
I know most parents ignore the guidelines due to the way our society treats illness, but actually they are right and stops kids being overdosed on paracetamol because of breakdowns of communication. It is much more dangerous for a kid to overdose even slightly as their liver does not process things as quickly and could cause damage

Sirzy Fri 08-Feb-19 15:39:58

Nice guidance are that you shouldn’t treat a temperature with calpol. If they have other symptoms that mean they do need it then, especially at pre scjool age they probably shouldn’t be in.

I think a lot of parents are too quick to try to mask symptoms with calpol just to send them in

WinkyisbackontheButterBeer Fri 08-Feb-19 15:42:50

It very much depends on the nursery/school. Dds will quite happily and my school have just started to give it too (both settings buy it.)
We gave written consent to nursery but they will contact parents before giving to check.

I think I have been very lucky with my nursery.

ILoveMaxiBondi Fri 08-Feb-19 15:50:10

It is not always possible to drop work and dash to the nursery because child has a temperature

If your child has a temperature you need to be dashing to the nursery to take them home! They’re sick and shouldn’t be in nursery.

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ItWentInMyEye Fri 08-Feb-19 15:54:00

All schools and nurseries my kids have been to have required ANY meds to be prescribed

TheFaerieQueene Fri 08-Feb-19 15:55:25

It’s really quite obvious why they won’t.

TheLionQueen1 Fri 08-Feb-19 15:56:12

I would be really frustrated with this, our DS'S nursery will but have to call us to check ok and get us to sign a form on collection. I disagree with previous posters that if they have a temp then they are unwell and shouldn't be in anyway, my DS has been teething for over a year, he's not unwell but can get a temp and be a bit grizzly...should I have taken a day off and kept him out of nursery every single time? Ridiculous!

SleepingStandingUp Fri 08-Feb-19 15:57:40

OP what would you go if they called to say she'd vomited or had diarrhoea?

ILoveMaxiBondi Fri 08-Feb-19 15:58:30

should I have taken a day off and kept him out of nursery every single time? Ridiculous!

Well if your nursery changes it’s policy you’ll Have to. Or just let him be in pain.

Nothisispatrick Fri 08-Feb-19 15:59:49

I work in a school and we give calpol

TheLionQueen1 Fri 08-Feb-19 16:02:31

That wasn't the point fortunately it isn't the case at his nursery , you said he is 'unwell' if he had a temp and shouldn't be in. Teething and having a slight temperature is not 'unwell' Or certainly not unwell enough for a parent to have to leave work regularly to collect or administer calpol!

Sandsnake Fri 08-Feb-19 16:11:56

My DS’ private nursery give it, including under two. Calpol can help a child with a cold feel more comfortable, or a teething toddler. DS’ molars were coming through for months - we obviously couldn’t take all of that time off work but it would seem very unfair to let him be in pain when he didn’t need to be by denying Calpol.

OneForTheRoadThen Fri 08-Feb-19 16:20:14

Ours do but you have to collect within 4 hours.

ememem84 Fri 08-Feb-19 16:22:20

Our nursery is the same. No meds unless prescribed.

reallyanotherone Fri 08-Feb-19 16:24:22

It is much more dangerous for a kid to overdose even slightly as their liver does not process things as quickly and could cause damage

Is it? Could you point me in the direction of where you got this information? Not something I came across unless advice has changed recently.

SleepWarrior Fri 08-Feb-19 16:28:43

Our school won't even take a temperature so there's no way of knowing if they have a fever until you've collected and taken them home!

Urgh2019 Fri 08-Feb-19 16:30:18

Ours used to have a form where you could state time/dose and then they stopped it to prescription only.

DD has always suffered with teeth coming through. She’s 10 and i gave her some last night for a tooth coming out!

reallyanotherone Fri 08-Feb-19 16:32:21

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4674926/#__ffn_sectitle

Had a quick look and this research from 2015 says children are less prone to paracetamol induced liver damage. Because their livers metabolise more quickly.

@angelastorm73 interested to know where your statement comes from? I’ve been out of biochem since 2014 so would like to read any data if things have changed.

SherlockSays Fri 08-Feb-19 16:33:36

Our nursery allow calpol administration with a signed permission, however, once it's given, parents have an hour to come and pick the child up.

Tawdrylocalbrouhaha Fri 08-Feb-19 16:33:47

Eh? My DS's nursery certainly does (most recently yesterday). I signed a permission form when he started, and they can and do give Calpol when they detect that a child is unwell and has a temperature.

AngelaStorm73 Fri 08-Feb-19 16:36:36

@reallyanotherone hmm what I've been told i never claimed to be medically trained

Drogosnextwife Fri 08-Feb-19 16:41:43

If your child has a temprature don't send them to nursery.

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