Happy Bump Day! Today, we’re covering a very important topic: how to keep medicine safely out of your children’s’ reach to prevent accidents.
Today, 9 out of 10 parents agree that it’s important to keep medicine high and out of reach, away from youngsters. However, nearly 7 in 10 report not actively doing so.
Poison control centers get a call almost every minute about a child who go into medicine and nearly 60,000 children end up in the ER every year because they got into medicine.
Here are some tips to help safely store medicine and prevent an accident:
- Store medicine out of reach and sight at all times: Keep it hidden in a cabinet or drawer above the height of your counter. You should also put a child-proof lock on any cabinets that have medicine. Don’t keep it in your purse or in a bin, as curious children can easily find them there!
- Keep medicine in its original child-resistant packaging: Don’t move your medication to another container. This is essentially important if an accident does happen, so you can alert the Poison Control Center on what specific medication your child ingested.
- Store the Poison Help number: Keep this number: 1-800-222-1222 in your phone contacts. You should also post it in an obvious place at home, like on the fridge. If you are leaving your child in the care of someone else, make sure they have the number handy as well.
- Leave reminders on your phone to help remember your dosage: Instead of keeping medicine out to remember to take it, leave an alert or reminder on your phone.
To learn more about how to store your medicine safely, visit SafeKids.org!