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7 Simple Ways to Avoid a Trip to the ER with Your Child

March 19, 2018


If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t given much thought to where you store medicines in your home. But for
parents, it’s important to consider what medicine looks like through the eyes of your child. Medicines left on counters,
nightstands, in purses and bags, or on the ground are easily within reach of a curious, young child. And many medicines
are brightly colored and look like candy, making them appealing to children. Did you know approximately 60,000 young
children visit the emergency room each year because they got into medicines that were left within reach? That’s one
child every eight minutes.


Accidents like these should be prevented year-round. That’s why Comar  has joined forces with the Up and
Away campaign to remind you that it’s Poison Prevention Week—a great time to take a fresh look at your home through
the eyes of your child, and to take these seven simple steps to make sure all medicines are stored up and away and out
of sight:

    1. Store all medicines out of reach of children. Any medicine can be dangerous if not taken as directed by the label—even over-the-counter medicines. Survey your home and find the best place to store medicines up and away and out of sight of children.
2. Put medicines up and away after each use. It’s easy to leave medicines on the nightstand when caring for your child in the middle of the night, or on the kitchen counter when taking medicine with water or food. But most unsupervised ingestions happen when the medicine is within reach, so no matter the occasion, always put medicines up and away after each use—even between doses.
3. Always relock the safety cap on medicine bottles. If the medicine has a locking cap that turns, twist it until you hear the “click” or until you can’t twist anymore. Even though many medicines and vitamins have child-resistant packaging, children may be able to open them, so store them up and away and out of sight.
4. Medicine isn’t candy. It’s important to explain to your children the importance of medicines and why they may need to take them, but never tell your child medicine is candy, even if your child doesn’t like to take it.
5. Don’t forget about visitors in your home. Always remind guests to keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicines in them up and away when they’re in your home. To a child, weekly pill minders or pill boxes can look like a new toy or puzzle with lots of little pieces to explore.
6. Set reminders to take your medicines and vitamins on your refrigerator, cell phone, or near your medicine cabinet. Most families have multiple people in the home taking medicines at different times, and, as a caregiver, it isn’t always easy to keep track. Setting reminders is an easy way to track each person’s usage and dosages while avoiding leaving the medicine out.
7. Save the Poison Help number (800-222-1222) in your cell phone so you’ll have it in case of an emergency. Call Poison Help right away if you think that a child might have gotten into a medicine, even if you are not completely sure and be sure to make the number available to your child’s babysitter or caregiver before leaving the house.

 



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