Today start your PSHE session with some key questions about medicines and their use:
- What is a medicine? (Something which can be given to help make somebody feel better. NB: A medicine often only helps treat the symptoms of an illness, rather than the illness itself. The body is pretty good at recovering from most illnesses by itself!)
- How do people take medicines? (tablets that are swallowed, liquids that are measured in a special spoon and swallowed, creams or ointments that are rubbed onto the skin. Less commonly inhaled - breathed in)
- How would someone feel if they took too much medicine? (They could feel very poorly)
- How would someone feel if they took the wrong medicine? (Again they could feel very poorly)
- Why do adults need to look after medicines? (To make sure they were kept in a safe place and taken properly)
- Who would normally look after your medicine at home? (Parent/carer)
- Who would normally look after medicine if it was needed at school (A member of staff - maybe kept safely in the office)
Activity - What could Harold do?
Now discuss these questions about being ill and getting better:
- What sort of illnesses have you had?
- How did you feel when you were ill?
- Did you need any medicine to make you feel better?
- What medicines have you heard of?
- How did the medicine get into your body [e.g. as a liquid, tablet, inhaler, injection etc.]
- Who gave you the medicine?
- Where did they get it from?
- Where did they put it to keep it safe?
- How did they know how much to give you? [It was on the prescription/on the medicine label]
- What else can we do to help us feel better when we’re ill? [e.g. stay in bed, stay warm, drink plenty of water/fluids, sleep etc.]