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Make sure your child is given the proper medication and dosage at school. Here are some helpful strategies from the AAP and Medco Health Solutions, a subsidiary of Merck & Company:
Retain original containers. Many school districts require this. Ask your pharmacist to split your child’s prescription into two bottles and to label one for school and one for home.
Inform your child. She should know when, where and from whom she’ll be receiving the medication at school. Another safeguard is to provide your child with a card containing all pertinent information that she can carry in her pocket or stow in her lunchbox.
Know the rules. Find out who is authorized to give your child medications. Each district has its own policy. Remain in regular contact with that person.
Push the paper. In addition to standard health and emergency forms, provide the school nurse with a specific request for the medication to be given plus information on the condition being treated, potential adverse reactions and storage requirements.
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