Did you know that every 8 minutes a child is treated in an emergency room for accidental medicine poisoning? That is a pretty scary statistic, especially if you have children of your own.
In our home, we have always been so careful to keep medications out of the reach of our children. We child-proofed cabinets and drawers before we even brought our babies home from the hospital. When my husband gets the kids medication for any reason, I am always the first to double check him. He is at the point now where he gets a little irritated with me when I do it, yet I do it still.
But the truth is, even with doing everything we thought we could to prevent anything like accidental medicine poisoning from happening, it almost did.
My father-in-law was visiting us when our son was right around two years old. My father-in-law takes several medications, including one for something to do with his heart. Since he was staying at our house, he had brought his daily medications along with him.
Our son, like most two year old children, was a very inquisitive little guy. One day, shortly after my husbands dad had left the house, our son came walking into the room carrying a small blue pill that he had found on the floor.
I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I was that he didn’t automatically put it in his mouth. To him, I am sure it looked like a piece of candy. Thank God (literally) that he brought it to us instead.
Since we didn’t recognize it as any of the medications we take, we immediately called my FIL and sure enough, he was missing one of his heart pills.
I have no idea what it would have done to him had he taken it, but I am so glad we didn’t have to find out.
I thought that I would share some tips from Safe Kids Worldwide to help prevent you from ever finding yourself in a medical emergency with your child.
It can happen to anyone, even when you are being careful.
TIPS FROM SAFE KIDS WORLDWIDE:
Put medicines up and away and out of sight.
- Make sure that all medications, including vitamins and adult medicines, are stored out of reach and out of sight of children. In 86% of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the child got into medicine belonging to an adult.
Consider products you might not think about as medicines.
- Most parents know to store medicine up and away – or at least the products they consider to be medicine. But they don’t always think about products such as eye drops or vitamins, which may not seem like medicine but actually are. Look around your home to see what products are within the reach of children and may be harmful, then move them up and away.
Be alert to visitors’ medicine.
- When you have visitors in your home, offer to put purses, bags and coats out of reach of children to protect their property from a curious child. Well meaning visitors may not be thinking about the medicines that they have brought with them in their belongings. In 43% of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the child got into medicine belonging to a relative, such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent.
Put medicines up and away after EVERY use
- It may be tempting to keep medicine close at hand when you need to give another dose of medicine in just a few hours. Accidents can happen fast. It only takes a few seconds for children to get into medicine that could make them very sick. Put medicine up and away after every use. And if you need a reminder, set an alarm on your watch or cell phone, or write yourself a note.
Read the label and know what’s in the medicine.
- 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.
Put the Poison Control number in your home and cell phone: 1-800-222-1222.
- You can also put the number on your refrigerator or another place in your home where babysitters can see it.
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