When I was a kid, I remember seeing a box in the fridge that made me curious, very curious. I can remember this like it was yesterday. I was maybe 8 years old, if that. We lived on a corner lot, friends always coming and going from the house and school activities. I remember walking in to the kitchen, and boom – there it was… in a random spot. It was hidden in the fridge, in between the pull out drawers on the bottom. She had her diet pills hidden in this spot, why, I don’t know. Maybe it was to hide it from us kids. Well, it didn’t work. The next thing that I know, I am being rushed to the hospital to have my stomach pumped because my parents thought that I had ingested an entire box of diet pills. When we got to the hospital, the doctor didn’t pump my stomach because I wasn’t showing any signs that I had ingested them. Even though here I am, 29 years later, I still admit that I never took those pills, however there would have been one way to prevent this entire event; put anything medical or pill related out of the reach of kids.
Kids are curious, so whatever you do, never attempt to hide something from a kid, because they will find it. Don’t simply ‘hide’ it, put it out of the reach of kids, curious kids like myself. I wanted to share some medication safety tips to you from Safe Kids Worldwide on poison prevention.
Medication Safety – Don’t Let Your Guard Down
Parents know to store medicine where kids can’t reach them, yet 500,000 times each year a child gets into medicine or gets the wrong dose. And every eight minutes, a child is treated in an emergency room for accidental medicine poisoning.
Although we know that medicine should be stored up and away, children are still getting into medicine at an alarming rate. Why? Often, medicine poisoning involves a medicine that we aren’t really thinking about as medicine, such as vitamins, diaper rash remedies or eye drops. Or children get into medicine that was left within sight or reach – pills in purses, adult medicine kept on counters or children’s medicine left out for the next dose.
To keep your children safe, here are some tips from Safe Kids Worldwide. Share them with visitors and with those who care for your child outside of their home to ensure your child is safe both inside and outside of the home.
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.
Before I watched the above video, I never realized how many unsafe things were within the reach of tiny fingers. I have kids and to think of them being in close reach of our medications or even our vitamins scares me.
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.