Foster Care 501: Foundations, Preparing The Way

Part 2 – Medications

As a former EMT who’s seen the effects of a child accidentally ingesting glocose tablets becuase they found them laying on the counter in moms bathroom and they looked like Mentos, securing medications was a hot point for me before foster care. While I don’t think it should be as extreme as standards make us follow, I do get it.

Medication overdoses, especially accidental ones by young children in their own home are scary, avoidable, but often life-changing if not life-threatening! So if you are reading this guide, please understand that of all the crazy things we have to do to meet licensing, this one isn’t one to half-ass!

The pictures here are my wife’s medicine box.  I used hers because it’s the most used and has the double locked box for the medications our state requires we have locked in this way.

Tbe box itself is easily found on Amazon, in fact here’s a link to one very similar to my wife’s. (Note: the one linked is smaller and the size I personally use, but if you look on the sellers page that have several fun designs now. )

Anyway, this box is rugged enough we travel with it when we go on vacation, and can even store under most beds if you are flexible enough to put it there.

We have all of our meds in boxes like these. I think in all we have 2 large boxes, 4 smaller ones and both large boxes have the second box inside for medication that need to be double locked.

Is it an inconvenience? H

onestly no. Having all the meds in these boxes allowes us to keep them where they are needed without worrying about a child getting into something. It makes it easier to travel because they are already packed. Using multiple boxes helps us when we have mutliple people on meds by keeping them seperated thus reducing the chsnce for an error. And if someone happens to be allergic to a medication, having meds in seperate boxes even helps reduce the chance of a reaction.

I do suggest that you keep the basics on hand, such as tylenol, benedryl, stomach meds and powdered pedalyte becuase kids sre kids and they are going to get hurt or sick at some point while you have them in your care. On these, take a beat to write the expiration on the top of the box/bottle so it’s easier to check and keep those rotated out. (Licensing will check this.)

Also stash a thermometer in the box. Even if it’s a spare, at least you’ll be able to find one at 3am when you are half-asleep!

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