Medicine Chest -
Guidance for Parents
Childcare providers should not
be giving medicine unless it is specifically prescribed for a
child in their care! However, staff are often primary sources of
information for parents, and should be aware of commonly used
medications that may or may not be safe for children. This
program is designed to provide staff with this information, as
well as to reach parents or "relative-care" providers. The
purpose is to provide guidance for purchasing health care
supplies that are commonly used with children, and to discourage
the use of unnecessary and often dangerous medications or "home
In all cases, other than obviously minor injuries
such as scratched knees, parents should consult their child’s
physician or other health care provider. Content includes
OTC treatments for colds, coughs, and runny noses; fever; pain
relievers; tummy troubles; eyes and ears; poisoning; cuts,
scrapes and wounds; stings and bites, poison ivy, and allergic
reactions; and burns. Products such as vitamins and first aid
supplies are also covered. Discussion and activities include
giving medication correctly; side effects and adverse reactions;
home remedies; and proper storage, expiration, and disposal.
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At the end of the
session, the participants will be able to:
- State the importance of
contacting their child’s doctor before giving any
- List over-the-counter
medications or supplies which can be useful in treating
minor injuries or illness.
- Recognize that all
medications are strong substances and are potentially
- Recognize the dangers of
some "home remedies."
Colds, coughs, and
noses; Fever; Pain relievers; Tummy troubles;
Poisoning; Cuts, scrapes and wounds; Stings and
bites; Poison ivy, oak, and sumac; Burns; Allergic
reactions; Special medications; Vitamins; Eyes and
ears; Bandages, etc.; First aid resources; Giving
medication correctly; Side effects and adverse
reactions; Home remedies; Storage, expiration, and
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(45 PowerPoint Slides) Price $125.00
Healthy Childcare Consultants, Inc.
2312 Chandawood Drive, Pelham, AL 35124-1229
Telephone 205-663-7402 FAX 205-621-2149
* The boxed thumbnail images are examples from the training module.
Addresses Head Start Performance Standards.
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