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Medication Safety: Poison Control Tips from Safe Kids

Medicine. My kids love it. The children’s versions are sweet so kids will take them, but sheesh they keep asking for more!

I try to only give my children medicine when the circumstance really warrants, too much is dangerous. Safety with medicine is very important, so parents and children alike should learn to take precautions and know the rules. Fortunately, we have never had a medical mishap in out home, but too many children are getting a hold of household medicines and poisoning themselves. It takes more than a child proof cap!


Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization that advocates the prevention of accidental injuries, has released a study about kids getting into medicine at home that is quite alarming. A poison control center receives a call about medicine poisoning for a child age 5 and under every minute of each day. That’s 1,440 children per day. Ouch! In addition, a young child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning every 8 minutes. We’re not just talking cough syrups in the “out of reach” cabinet here, but plenty of pills, supplemental vitamins and even ointments (think diaper rash cream, hydrocortizone) get into the hands and mouths of curious children.


Think you’ve got it covered? Think again.

Many forms of medicine can be overlooked, I have personally carry a travel sized Advil in my purse. Prevention is key, so read about the ways you can keep your children safe around your household medications:


Tips to Keep Kids Safe Around Medicine
  • Put medicine and vitamins up and away and out of sight. (In 67 percent of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the medicine was left within reach of the child, such as in a purse, on a counter, or under a sofa cushion.)
  • Even if you are tempted to keep it handy, put medicine out of reach after every use.
  • Look around your home for products you might not think about as medicine, like rubbing alcohol, eye drops or gummy vitamins, and store them out of the reach of children.
  • When you have guests in your home, offer to put purses, bags and coats where kids can’t get to them. (In 43 percent of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the child got into medicine belonging to a relative, such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent.)
  • Be alert to medicine in places your child visits. Take a look around to make sure there isn’t medicine within reach of your child.
  • Program the nationwide poison control center number (1-800-222-1222) into your phones.


Visit for more information, and watch this video about safe storage, and dosage of medicine.


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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.


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