A child with a fever of 101 degrees or higher WILL NOT be allowed in the center. A child with signs of a contagious or infectious disease WILL NOT be allowed in the center. If fever develops during the day, you will be notified to immediately pick up your child. The child must be fever free for 24 full hours before he/she may return to the center. To return before 24 full hours, you must have a doctor's note stating that the child is free of contagious disease. Please do not give a fever reducing medication to your child and then send them to the center.

If your child is sick and cannot participate comfortably in his/her regular classroom activities we ask that you do not bring them to the center. If during the course of the day your child becomes unable to participate comfortably in his/her regular classroom activities you will be notified to come and pickup your child.

An up-to-date immunization card is required for each child. This card must be signed by a physician and on file in the childcare office.

NOTE: Louisiana State Health regulations require that each child must wash his/her hands before entering the classroom each day. This is the sole responsibility of each parent.

 

Medication Administration Guidelines

Written Authorization. No medication or special procedure shall be administered to a child unless authorized in writing by the parent. Such authorization shall include:

  1. Name of child;
  2. Drug name and strength;
  3. Date(s) to be administered;
  4. Directions for use, including the route (oral, topical), dosage, frequency, time and schedule and special instructions, if any.*** It is not acceptable to note “as indicated on bottle”
  5. Signature of parent and date of signature

Required Container/Packaging
For prescription medication to be administered at the center, the center shall maintain the original pharmacy container with the complete pharmacy label.
*NOTE* All over the counter medications have to have a doctor's note in order for us to give them at the center. Such authorizations shall include:

  1. Name of child
  2. Drug name and strength
  3. Date(s) to be administered
  4. Directions for use, including the route (oral, topical), dosage, foo: time and schedule and special instructions, if any. It is not acceptable to note “as indicated on bottle”
  5. Medication form filled out by parent with signature and date

All medication shall be sent to the center in its original container, shall not have an expired date, and shall be clearly labeled with the name of the child to ensure that medication is for individual use only.

Aerosol
All aerosol medications shall be delivered to the center in pre-measured dosages.

Topical
The center shall not apply topical ointments, sprays or creams without a written authorization signed and dated by the parent.

Self-Administration
Children shall not administer their own medications without written authorization from the parent and such children shall administer medication in the presence of a staff person.

When a parent administers medication to his/her own child on center premises, the medication administration shall be documented by either the parent or a staffmember.

Children who require emergency medications, such as an EpiPen or Benadryl, shall have a written plan of action that shall be updated as changes occur or at least every six months, and shall include:

  1. Method of administration
  2. Symptoms that indicate the need for the medication
  3. Actions to take once symptoms occur
  4. Descriptions of how to use the medication
  5. Signature of parent and date of signature

* No medications, at any time, shall be put in a child’s bottle, sippy cup, food, etc.

* All medications shall stay in the office at all times. All medications, excluding Epipens, must go home every day.

* The center can only give medications if they cannot be given at home.
Example: 
Instructions say twice a day... parents should give the medication before and after being at the childcare center.