Dr. Harp suggested the following tips:
Usually, the school nurse supervises medication administration.
Schools require written authorization to give medications. All require the signature of a health care provider. Many also require the parents to sign the authorization form. You will need to ask your health care provider to complete the form on behalf of your child. Many schools also require that medications are brought to the school in their original container. That may mean that you need to request two prescriptions from your care provider, one for school use and one for home use.
Many medications, especially medications which are prescribed for a short time, like antibiotics, can be dosed 3 times a day so that they can be given before and after school and at bedtime. When your health care provider is writing a prescription, ask whether school hours can be avoided. Some medications, like those used to treat attention deficit disorder, have long-acting preparations so that children can take the medication before leaving home and still have it remain effective throughout the school day. Again, ask your health care provider about this.
Finally, call your child's school and ask to speak to the school nurse. Before making the call, make sure that you have the prescription information available to discuss with the nurse. He or she will give you guidance about the school's regulations and will tell you what you need to do to make sure that your child receives medications as prescribed.
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