Medicine safety and childrenMedication safety; Poison control - medicine safety
Every year, many children are brought to the emergency room because they took medicine by accident. A lot of medicine is made to look and taste like candy. Children are curious and attracted to medicine.
Most children find the medicine when their parent or caregiver is not looking. You can prevent accidents by keeping medicine locked up, out of reach, and out of sight. Be very careful if you have toddlers around.
American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Children.org website. Medication safety tips. www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/medication-safety/Pages/Medication-Safety-Tips.aspx. Updated September 15, 2015. Accessed November 20, 2018.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Put your medicines up and away and out of sight. www.cdc.gov/features/medicationstorage. Updated September 10, 2018. Accessed November 9, 2018.
US Food & Drug Administration website. Where and how to dispose of unused medicines. www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm. Updated September 10, 2018. Accessed November 20, 2018.