Insect Repellent and Sunscreen Safety Tips for Children in Child Care

Insect repellent and sunscreen may seem harmless, but they are still medications. Child care providers using these chemicals need to treat them like any other medication. Be sure parents sign release forms allowing you to administer these substances to their children. The following guidelines will help you use insect repellent and sunscreen safely.

Mosquito repellent

Insect Repellent

  • When using insect repellent, apply it to your own hands and then rub it on the child. Do not apply insect repellent to a child’s

Recommendations for Giving Medications to Children in Child Care Programs

Liquid medication on spoon

From time to time, children may need to take medications while in child care. Child care directors and providers must be careful to handle medications properly and to ensure that children receive the appropriate dose of the right medicine at the right time. Here are some guidelines for giving medications to children in a child care setting.

  • Always require a signed release form. Parents or legal guardians should sign a medication release form for each medication. The form should include