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Supporting children at school with medical conditions

10 September 2014

The Department of Education has recently published some guidance on ways to support children with medical conditions including anaphylaxis, asthma, epilepsy and heart conditions so they have the best possible chance at participating fully in school.

The information includes:

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Ramadan and medicines

25 June 2014

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and a time when many Muslims will fast between the hours of sunrise and sunset.

Some children and young people may therefore choose not to take medicines during this period. These usually include medicines taken by mouth (such as tablets, capsules and liquid medicines), through the nose and rectally (in the bottom). 

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Storing medicines in hot weather

22 July 2013

Across much of the UK, the sun is shining and the temperatures are high. It is important to keep your all of your family’s medicines in a cool place, so they are not damaged.

You can store medicines in a cupboard, keeping them away from heat and direct sunlight.

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Ramadan and medicines

10 July 2013

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and a time when many Muslims will fast between the hours of sunrise and sunset.

Some children and young people may therefore choose not to take medicines during this period. These usually include medicines taken by mouth (such as tablets, capsules and liquid medicines), through the nose and rectally (in the bottom). 

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Reporting side-effects

13 February 2013

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and pharmacy organisations are encouraging the public to let them know about any side-effects from medicines. The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report these. 

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Vitamin D campaign

18 December 2012

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that helps build healthy, strong bones.

But children’s doctors are warning that a quarter of children are affected by a vitamin D deficiency.

Research suggests that low levels of vitamin D is resulting in in higher numbers of diabetes, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis and rickets -  a bone disease uncommon in the UK since the 19th century.

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How are medicines named?

21 November 2012

The names of medicines can be difficult to pronounce or spell. There is a process for agreeing the generic name - called the international non-proprietary name - of a new medicine.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is responsible for international non-proprietary names of new medicines. The pharmaceutical company suggests up to six names for its new medicine.

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Being aware of antibiotics

16 November 2012

Sunday 16 November is European Antibiotics Awareness Day. This event
aims to raise awareness on how to use antibiotics in a responsible way that will
help keep them effective for the future. 

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Parents advised not to use unlicensed children's herbal medicine

9 August 2012

A herbal medicine sold by Holland and Barrett for children and young people is being taken off shelves. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has asked Holland and Barrett to stop selling the product because there are concerns that it may not be suitable for use in children and adolescents and may cause unwanted side effects.

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