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Analgesics (Painkillers)

Written permission must be given before any medication, prescription or non-prescription, is given.  Once written permission has been given for a specific medication, it does not have to be provided on each occasion administered.  Early years providers must keep a written record each time a medicine is administered to a child, and inform the child’s parents and/or carers on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable. This is also good practice for schools.

For children who regularly need analgesia (e.g. for migraine), an individual supply of their analgesic should be kept in school/setting. It is recommended that schools/settings do not keep stock supplies of analgesics e.g. paracetamol, for potential administration to any child.  However there are rare circumstances when an individual school/setting feels it is absolutely necessary to keep stock supplies.  In this case a clear policy must be in place detailing under what circumstances the analgesic will be given and a risk assessment linked to its storage completed.  Parent/carer consent must be in place.  More information is available from the school nurse/health visitor.

Children under 16 should never be given medicines (including teething gels) containing aspirin or ibuprofen unless prescribed by a doctor.