We all know how important it is to give your child the right medication, at the right time, at the right dose. I’m not writing this to give you a lecture – if you are reading this you are already interested in the responsible administration of medication to your child. I’m writing this to help you find an easy and effective way of doing it – no matter what your family or childcare situation!
The most common reason for medication errors that I have come across is a simple lack of communication between adults. It’s so easily done, everyone is in a hurry and has an awful lot of information to provide during ‘handover’ of responsibility from one parent to another, from a parent to a childminder or from a parent to a creche or school etc. It’s simple to forget to let someone know that you have given a dose of medication, in fact with tiredness and stress involved I’d say its near impossible to be perfect all of the time!
Rather than beat ourselves up about not being ‘WonderParents’ all of the time I feel it’s a lot more constructive to identify that everyone is only human after all, and to try and find a system to put in place to prevent any medication errors from occuring.
I have designed the following record so that it can be used in a home, childminders, creche or school environment. Ideally it could be stored in the box of the medication so that it is easily found but can even wrapped around the bottle with an elastic band or hair bobbin if needs must! I really hope you find it useful as the most important thing is the health and welfare of our fabulous WonderBabas and I know this is a system we will be using in our house from now on when one of our three is unfortunate enough to need medication.
The Record can be downloaded and printed off by clicking the following link:
I hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262. I’m always happy to help!