Kids are curious, and storing medications in your home can be a challenge. Protect your little explorer from the dangers of finding and ingesting medicine with these safety tips.
We are committed to increasing the safe use of medicines around children, and are proud to team up with Safe Kids Worldwide to bring you these important safety tips. For more information on how to safely store, dose, and dispose of medicine, visit SafeKids.org.
Make sure that all medicines, including vitamins and adult medicines, are stored out of reach and out of sight of children. (In 86% of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the child got into medicine belonging to an adult.)
Kids get into medication in all sorts of places, like in purses and nightstands. (In 67% of cases, the medicine was within reach of a child, such as in a purse, left on a counter or dresser, or found on the ground.)
Kids get into medication in all sorts of places, Most parents know to store medicine up and away – or at least the products they consider to be medicine. But they don't always think about products such as diaper rash remedies, eye drops or hand sanitizer, which may not seem like medicine but actually are.
Well-meaning visitors may not be thinking about the medicines they have brought with them in their belongings. When you have guests in your home, offer to put purses, bags and coats out of reach of children to protect their property from a curious child. (In 43% of cases, the medicine a child got into belonged to a relative, such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent.)
Storing medicine up and away in cabinets help keep medicine out of sight and out of reach of children.
Unpack all medicines, vitamins and supplements from grocery bags first, before kids can get into them.
Don't leave medicines, vitamins or supplements on the counter. Children like to climb and to help themselves to things lying around.
Sometimes you may accidentally drop medicines on the floor and kids will be the first to spot them since they are lower to the ground.
This isn't the safest place to store your medicines because it's easy for children to get into and the heat and humidity can affect the medicines. Try a locked closet instead.
Make sure no medicines, vitamins or supplements have been left out. Store them in a locked closet when you're done.
Cabinet Under Sink
Make sure all cabinets with medicines are secured with safety latches or locks.
Make sure all closets with medicines are secured with safety latches or locks.
Purse / Bag
Be careful to leaving purses, diaper bags or guest bags that may contain medicine, out of child's reach.
Nightstand / Dresser
Although this is a common place to store medicines, it's unsafe and exposed to children. Check to see if a family member or an overnight guest might have left medicines, vitamins or supplements here.
Floor / Under Bed
Check to see if any pills have accidentally fallen on the floor or under the bed. Children will be the first to find them if crawling or playing.