Medicine Safety Tips – Help Prevent Accidental Access to Medicine
Here are ways parents can help prevent access to medicine.
- When child proofing your home, add medicine safety to that checklist. As your child becomes more independent, this may include putting medicine in higher locations, or even in locked cabinets. Keep them out of their reach.
- Keep the poison control number 800-222-1222 somewhere visible in your home, and have it saved in your phone. If you suspect your child has ingested medicine or some other substance, call them right away.
- Teach your child about the importance of not eating anything they’re not supposed to.
- Don’t teach them to take medicine by telling them that it’s candy. This goes for vitamins too. So many vitamins come in gummy form and resemble candy, they might think they are eating a treat.
- Don’t have they play with empty medicine bottles.
- Share the medicine safety information and poison control number with visitors and babysitters so they are aware of the importance of keeping their medications and vitamins out of the reach of children, and know what to do in the case of an emergency.
- Don’t forget over the counter products such as pain medications, supplements, diaper rash cream and ointment, eye drops, and many other over the counter items that are dangerous in the hands of children.