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11yo DD taking own medication

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mummc2 Thu 30-Jun-16 21:40:47

My DD is going on her year 6 residential on Sunday and the school sent a letter home today stating that all medication unless prescribed by the doctor in correct packaging with instructions they can't give to the children. My daughter is 11 and takes a hay fever tablet every morning herself can she take them herself do you think? Also apparently even if we give written permission they will not give any form of paracetamol - Nothing unless pescribed!
What do I do?
My DD has quite bad hayfever and has had pescribed drops etc before but it's too late now to get anything from docs??

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 30-Jun-16 21:45:03

if it was my dd I'd be shoving it in her bag.

I'd not be bothering a dr for OTC medication and I'm assuming by 11 she can be trusted.

my Dds very flaky but she cab help herself to an antihistamine of she needs one.


mineofuselessinformation Thu 30-Jun-16 21:45:55

Put it in her bag, but also put a letter in which it stating you give permission, and that if there are any problems they should call you. That way you have covered all the bases.

Lurkedforever1 Thu 30-Jun-16 21:50:33

Ask the school. It only takes one child to see her, and tell, and it could well be confiscated. Dd's primary were quite happy for parents to send non prescription medicines, with instructions, to be kept by the teacher for hayfever, prickly heat etc

mummc2 Thu 30-Jun-16 22:06:52

She takes them herself at home without me she knows what she's doing so in alright with her taking them secretly but don't want them to see her and take them off her.
Lurkedforever1 the letter came home from school was specific with writing in capital letters stating even if we have your written permission we will not be able to administer any medication not pescribed by doctor if brackets even calpol!

Lurkedforever1 Fri 01-Jul-16 07:35:15

I meant it more that hayfever tablets and similar might not be classed by the school as medicines iyswim. Can't hurt to ask.

mummc2 Fri 01-Jul-16 15:44:02

Thanks I went and saw school and she wasn't allowed them, luckily I have a very nice doctors who even though she hasn't had any hayfever meds from them for 2 years did me a pescription and rushed it through for me so I have just picked them up so everything's fine. (Well unless any of them feel unwell whilst there as no-one has pescription for paracetamol so that should be fun!!)

WreckingBallsInsideMyHead Sun 03-Jul-16 14:19:30

That's a stupid policy imo, I take brownies and guides away and will ask permission for basic otc medicines and would've been cross if children secretly took their own.

Only because it's a safety issue, I need to know what they've taken, how much and when, so they don't accidentally overdose, or in worst case if they're in an accident or emergency I can tell medical professionals exactly what they've had and when. Also because child A might have been sent withNurofen for children, child B is her friend and feeling poorly so child A shares her medicine... But doesn't know Child B is allergic to ibuprofen and child b doesn't realise that's what's in nurofen (I know an adult who didn't realise that!)... Child B could be severely ill, I don't know why or what she's taken which affects treatment. Whereas of Child A didn't have her own stash child B would've asked me if ahe needed pain relief and I would've checked her health form before giving it and know to avoid ibuprofen

However, in your case OP I would just send it in her back with strict instructions not to share it just in case of allergies, and with a letter from you so she doesn't get in trouble if found out

RebootYourEngine Sun 03-Jul-16 14:25:43

It is the same at my ds' school. Every medication has to be labelled and given to the teachers. Think this could be to make sure that the wrong medication isnt given to the wrong child and also so the staff know who has taken what.

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