Avoid a Trip to the Emergency Room

Approximately 35,000 young children are brought to the emergency room each year because they got into medicines that were left within reach. Are all of your medicines kept somewhere safe?

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Pick a place your children cannot reach.

Find a place in your home that is too high for children to reach or see. Different families will have different places. Walk around your home and find the best place to keep your medicines, vitamins, and supplements—especially those in gummy form— up and away, even between doses. Make sure that medicines carried with you (including those in purses, bags, pockets, or pill organizers) are also kept out of sight and reach of young children.

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Never leave loose pills or liquid medicines out on a counter, table, or bedside.

To a young child, pills can look like candy and liquid medicines can look like sugary drinks, so it’s important to keep them out of children’s reach and sight and in child-resistant containers until right before you take them.

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Hear the Click

At home or away, keep medicines in their original, child resistant containers.

If the medicine has a locking cap that turns, twist it until you can’t twist anymore or hear the “click.” If you must put medicines in other containers, such as pill organizers, check to see if they are child-resistant. Many are not and can be easily opened by young children.

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Teach your children about medicine safety.

It’s important to teach your children what medicine is and why you or another caregiver must be the one to give it to them. Never tell children medicine is candy, even if they don’t like to take their medicine.

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Inside homes with children, discuss keeping medicine in a safe place.

Remind guests to keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicines in them up and away and out of sight when they’re in your home. If you bring medicines with you to a home with young children, don’t be shy about asking for a place to put your medicines that is out of reach and sight of curious young kids.

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