Medications (both prescribed and over-the-counter) are now a significant cause of pediatric poisonings. Every year, over 70,000 children visit the emergency room after ingesting a drug they should not have. The good news is that almost the majority of these ER trips are entirely avoidable.
Here are some suggestions from HANCOCK PHARMACY VII LLC for keeping children safe around medications.
- Store Them Out of Sight and Reach
Children are naturally inquisitive and can easily get into things, such as medicine if adults put them in places where kids can access them. Place all medications and vitamins at or above counter height, out of reach of children.
- Put Medicines Away After Each Use
Never leave medications on a counter or at the bedside, even if you need to give them again in a few hours.
- Teach Your Children About Medicine Safety
Teach your children that adults are the ones who can administer medicines. Never call medicine “candy” since you don’t want your children to equate medications with something tasty to consume.
- Give Medicine Safely to Children
Use only the dosing device that comes with liquid medicine. When other caregivers provide your child’s medication, write specific instructions on what drugs to administer, how much to administer, and when to administer it.
If you require assistance with prescription safety advice, contact our pharmacy. Our pharmacists will gladly share their knowledge on medication safety and medical supplies in New Haven, Connecticut.
If you require vaccines or durable medical equipment, we have it all in our pharmacy.
We ask you to stop by or take advantage of our free delivery in Connecticut for your prescriptions or over-the-counter medications.