Consider this: Every minute of every day, a poison control center receives a call about potential medicine poisoning for a child 5 and under. 67,000 times each year, or every 8 minutes, a young child visits the emergency room for medicine poisoning. Over the past ten years, this represents a 30% increase!
Most parents, like me, know to store medicines out of reach – so how is this happening? Safe Kids took a look at data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, information from poison control centers and findings from several focus groups among moms. Their findings review what is happening in households that leads to these high numbers and they offer parents simple tips to protect their children.
“Ask any parent, and they will tell you they store medicine where children can’t get them,” said Kate Carr, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “But they might not be thinking of pills stored in purses,vitamins left on counter tops or a diaper rash remedy near a changing table.”
Consider products you might not think about as medicines.
Take the time to read the label and follow the directions on your child’s medicine. Check the active ingredients listed on the label. Don’t give your child more than one medicine with the same active ingredient. Giving your child two or medicines that have the same active ingredient can put your child at risk for an overdose.
You can also put the number on your refrigerator or another place in your home where babysitters can see it.
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Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Safe Kids Worldwide and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.