Did you know that 500,000 children each year get into medicines or get the wrong medicine dosage? For this reason, there are several things we do to prevent accidental poisoning and we recommend you do so, too!
1. Keep all medicines stored up high, out of reach from children. This includes ALL medicines, such as eye drops, vitamins, Tums, etc. You should keep every type of medicine out of reach because they could get into that, too. In 80% of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, it is due to children getting into an adult's medicine, so be safe.
2. Keep a kids lock on cabinets that store toxic cleaning materials. Bleach, ammonia or any other potentially hazardous items can easily be locked away so children do not get into them.
We actually keep all medicines sorted in a container and stored in our highest kitchen cabinet now. This way Mama and Papa can reach them when needed, but the kids cannot reach them without our help! Even the gummy vitamins are stored there because we want to be as safe as possible! Here is an infograph with some great information about medication safety:
National Poison Prevention Week was March 17-23 and exists to teach everyone the importance of proper medicine storage, dosage and disposal. You can find all kinds of great tips on the Safe Kids Worldwide website, including keeping medicine away from children and even being away of your own other medicines visitors bring into your home. Below is a great video about medicine storage, dosing and keeping your kiddos safe!