Child Safety Challenge Day 5: Medication Safety
Welcome to Day 5 of the Child Safety Challenge!
To get your children, especially younger children, to take their medicine have you ever told them it was candy or tasted like candy?
Do you keep medications whether over-the-counter or prescribed out of reach and site of your children?
How do you dispose of expired and unused medications?
Look in your medicine cabinets, do you currently have any expired/unused medication?
Every year more than 67,000 children end up in emergency rooms for medicine poisoning. That is one child every 8 minutes. Statistics show that 86% of these medicine poisoning cases were the result of a child ingesting an adults medication.
Here are some tips to keep your child safe from medicine poisoning:
- Think about all the places you keep medication. Places like your nightstand, in your car, in your purse and move them to a more secure place.
- Make sure to properly store medication out of reach of children. Even if the medication is being taken on a dosing schedule, make sure to put it safely away between doses rather than leaving it out.
- Talk to your children about medication safety. Children visit grandparents, family or friends who may be taking medication and do not have it properly stored out of reach.
- Buy/ask for medications in child resistant packages, but remember that child resistant does NOT mean child proof.
- Never refer to medication as 'candy' or 'tastes like candy' to get kids to take it.
- Dispose of all unused and/or expired medications. (Call your local police/fire department, they often have programs for people to bring all their old or expired medications for safe disposal).
- Follow proper dosing instructions. If you have a question about dosing, contact your doctor or pharmacist
- Always use the dosing device that comes with your medication. A kitchen or cooking tea/tablespoon won't always measure the same as the dosing device.