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Medication Administration and the Prevention of and Response to Food and Other Allergies in the Child Care Environment

Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of adults involved in a child’s health and treatment plan
  • Recognize rules and recommendations for administration of over-the-counter and prescription medications in the child care environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of training and authorization levels required for administration of various types of medication
  • Identify key information to include in a program’s medication administration policy
  • Identify safe medication receipt, storage and handling practices
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Seven Rights of Medication Administration Identify and demonstrate an understanding of recommended strategies and best practices for administering medication to children of various ages and abilities
  • Identify recommended procedures for ensuring safety and efficacy
  • Identify recommended information to include in a child′s medical file
  • Identify the Eight Major Food Allergens
  • Define contact sensitive and airborne sensitive as they related to food allergies
  • Identify strict avoidance as the only effective way to prevent allergic reactions
  • Identify causes of cross contamination as it relates to food allergens
  • Identify proper policies and procedures for storing foods in the center
  • Identify causes of non-typical contact with allergens
  • Identify safe practices for staff, children and parents to follow in order to
    minimize the risk of allergic reactions
  • Identify signs, symptoms and recommended medical procedures for
    responding to allergic reactions
  • Incorporate guidelines set forth in Nevada Child Care regulations
    NAC432A.376 (Medication) and NAC432A.585 (Procedures for use and
    administration of medication/ill children).

This training adheres to the standards made by the State of Nevada. For specific standards in a particular county, such as Washoe County, please refer to the Washoe County Regulations for Child Care Facilities Guide.

A great supplemental resource to review in addition to this training is the Caring for our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, Third Edition

Medical Expert/Contributor: Dr. Romualdo Aragon Jr., MD — Internal & Family Medicine