Children’s health issues
Little Bible Buddies follows the DHS licensing rules that state that we the center are unable to care for children who are sick. Children with the following illnesses and any other illness having the potential to affect the health of other children in the center should rest at home. If your child becomes ill at school, your child’s teacher will notify you by telephone. If you cannot be reached, the emergency number you have provided will be called. The following are reasons that indicate a child should be excluded from care in the center:
- The child’s illness prevents him/her from participating in routine activities.
- The child’s illness requires more care than the child care staff is able to provide without compromising the needs of other children in the group.
- Keeping the child in care poses an increased risk to the child, to other children and/or to adults with whom the child will come in contact.
Symptoms for exclusion
- An oral temperature of 101 or more (child may return when temperature remains normal without the use of fever-reducing medicines)
- Three incidents of diarrhea in one day (child may return after normal stool unless the local health department deems it necessary for lab tests or cultures)
- Red or pink eye, including inflammation and discharge (child may return after treatment has been started)
- An unusual rash with fever (can return when physician determines these are not symptoms of a communicable disease)
- Vomiting (child can return when vomiting resolves and child can keep food down)
- Any known/suspected communicable disease.
Remember that when children are ill, their immune responses may be lowered, leaving them vulnerable to other illnesses. Additionally, when children come to the center ill, other children and staff members are exposed to illness, thus creating an unhealthy environment. Families should have an alternative care plan if their child(ren) become ill.
Medication and authorization
When medications are to be administered by your child’s teacher, you must complete a medication authorization form.
- Prescription medication must be in the original container, bearing the prescription number, name of the medication, the date the prescription was filled, the physician’s name, the child’s name and the directions for administration. The center must administer the medication as stated on the label directions. Non-prescriptive medication must be brought in the original container and will be administered according to the label directions. (For children under 2 years, see the note below.
- The center will not administer expired medication.
- Families must sign and date medication forms before any medication can be given. Families must specify date, time and amount to be given (specific, written directions from the physician).
- All medication is to be given directly to the staff member and not left in the child’s bag or cubby. Medications will be kept in a storage area inaccessible to children and in accordance with pharmacy instructions.
Only over-the-counter medications without fever reducers will be dispensed without a prescription with the exception of children younger than 2 years of age. If your child is under 2 years of age, a note from the child’s physician must accompany the medication to be administered. Recommended dosage by age or weight will not be exceeded without written authorization of a physician.
Fever reducers will only be dispensed at the center on written direction of a physician for the following situations:
- 24 hours before and after administration of immunizations
- Teething, for up to one week, when seen first by a physician to eliminate any other source of illness