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Can schools give your children their antibiotics?

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carocaro Mon 19-Oct-09 17:15:33

Just wondered if yours did.

Mine do if it's longer than a 3 day course (as with a 3 day course they suggest you give it after school and before bed)

But as doseage needs to be spread out more with a six day course they are happy to do it.

Although DS has said the lady who does it is very scary, I know who she is, she's the business manager and I see his point!

TheGashlycrumbTinies Mon 19-Oct-09 17:33:23

Yes they do at DD's school, no problem.

primarymum Mon 19-Oct-09 17:52:57

It depends, if it has to be taken 3 times a day, we would suggest before school, after school and bedtime but if this isn't possible/feasible/recommended we would administer prescription medicines only ( and only if we are given written details of dosage etc!) We have had 5 year olds wandering in clutching bottles of antibiotics and saying "mummy says I have to give you this" You can imagine the reaction

roisin Mon 19-Oct-09 17:57:51

At our school HT or DHT will administer prescription meds if required.

But most ABs are best administered at equal intervals, and are more effective this way. So generally the following works well: 8am, 4pm, midnight (rouse them briefly to take meds).

LIZS Mon 19-Oct-09 18:01:46

Ours will but they have medical staff on site.

GhostlyPixieOnaPumpkin Mon 19-Oct-09 18:12:25

On the same subject, sort of, will your school help to give a child their inhaler, or do they have to do it themselves? They are wonderful with DD2 (although she does it herself now), and have been wonderful since DS was diagnosed, but my friend's school are really funny about it.

cory Tue 20-Oct-09 07:18:41

Ours doesn't do antiobiotics, but then you can usually fit a 3 times/day tablet course around the school day. Inhalers the children administer themselves under supervision.

ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Tue 20-Oct-09 07:21:45

No. You have to go and administer it yourself.

IdrisTheDragon Tue 20-Oct-09 07:24:10

Not sure what the policy is at DS's school. Probably should find out really.

Goblinchild Tue 20-Oct-09 07:30:38

Not at my school.
Asthma inhalers, I'll remind mine and watch them administer them themselves.
If I realise that they are 'doing it wrong' I'll have a word with the collecting carer at the end of the day and ask them to retrain the child using the instructions provided with the inhaler.

Goblinchild Tue 20-Oct-09 07:32:15

Oh, just remembered. We do accept written permission for an adult friend/relation to come and administer antibiotics.

LostGirl Tue 20-Oct-09 07:42:35

We are expected to keep ours off school until they have finished the course as they will not administer it. OF course, you follow these guidelines and are then rewarded with a letter at the end of the school year complaining about your child's attendance!

abra1d Tue 20-Oct-09 07:45:55

Yes, our two schools both do this, but I don't think it's common in state schools.

sarah293 Tue 20-Oct-09 08:25:18

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MadBadAndWieldingAnAxe Tue 20-Oct-09 10:27:48

Ours will do it only if the prescription (for ABs or anything else) is four times a day - if it's three times a day they expect you to do it at home (breakfast, tea time, bedtime).

islandofsodor Tue 20-Oct-09 10:41:42

Our school has a school nurse (shared with the high school next door, so yes. Last year ds had to have antiobiotics 4 times a day for a week. However I still ended up going in every single day as he refused to take them (they tasted foul) and the nurse understandably was not prepared to hide them in vimto as I did.

They will give any medication as long as you fill in the little form with dosage instructions and sign it.

cat64 Tue 20-Oct-09 10:41:42

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