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Kids are curious. They love to climb and tend to get into everything. Checking to make sure that medicine is out of reach is really about seeing things from your child's perspective.
Have you looked in every cabinet the way your child will? Have you inspected on your hands and knees to see things that your child can? This room-by-room checklist can help you make a quick and thorough inspection.
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You can also follow these 12 safety tips to protect your little explorer from the dangers of finding and ingesting medicine.
medicine is out of the sight and reach of children. This can be a high cabinet or a closet, and it should be locked at all times.
all medicine containers should have child-resistant caps. However, medicine should still be stored in a locked location, such as a high cabinet or closet.
child-resistant doesn't mean childproof. This means that a determined child may find a way to open even the most secure bottle caps.
pills and liquids, otherwise they could be mistaken for something else. Also, do not use a medicine if the container doesn't have a label or the label isn't legible.
the phone or front door while you're administering medicine to yourself or your child, don't leave the container behind where your child could get a hold of it.
tempting to leave medicine out if you're going to take another dose again soon. But children act quickly, so even medicine left out for a moment can be dangerous.
for a local collection program. If you must throw out the medicine, make sure to do it properly. Get more safety tips on throwing out unused medicine.
medicine by making him think it's candy can be very dangerous because most children will seek out candy. It is safer to help your child understand that medicine is medicine by calling it by its proper name.
diaper bag out of your child's reach. Also, be careful about guests' purses, overnight bags, and suitcases, because they may contain medicine.
a young child. You should remove medicine from grocery bags before your child starts investigating the bags
vitamins and supplements in the refrigerator. If you do, be sure your refrigerator is secured with a child safety lock.
medicines, vitamins and supplements, they accidentally drop on the floor. Since kids are lower to the ground than adults, they often spot them first. Take extra caution when handling.
You might be a grandparent, aunt or uncle, babysitter or friend. And in all these cases and more, you may have children come to visit you in your home, or you may bring yourself and your medicines into places with curious children. Either way, you should consider taking extra precautions when it comes to safe storage of medication.
If you're spending time with children, please use medicine in child-resistant packaging. If you don't interact with children every day, it's easy to forget that children are curious and have a way of getting into everything. If you use medicine while spending time with children, please make certain your medicine is in child-resistant packaging and kept out of the reach of children.
Non-child resistant packaging or easy-to-open package options often found on arthritis medicines are only appropriate for households without children. Medicine companies make two kinds of packaging: child- resistant for households with children, and easy-to-open packaging designed for adults. These easy-to-open packaging options should only be used in households without children, and should be kept out of reach and locked away when children come to visit.
Before children visit your home, do a household medicine check. If you're expecting young visitors, do a quick check around the house (using this room-by-room checklist to make certain no medicine packages are accessible to children. Pay particular attention to the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom. Adults who are out of the habit of being around young children often leave their medicine in easy-to-reach places such as kitchen countertops and bedside table drawers. A little awareness and prevention can help prevent an accidental overdose.