Thousands of young children end up in emergency rooms each year because of accidentally ingesting medicines while adults weren’t looking. As you know, kids are naturally curious and young ones have a habit of putting things in their mouths.
If you have children at home, you can prevent this kind of emergency visit by keeping medicines out of children’s sight and reach. For safety reasons, you should choose a medicine cabinet or storage that kids cannot reach and see inside. In addition, always relock the cap if your medicines come in a bottle, and never leave medicine out on the table or bedside. Another word of caution is never to encourage children to take medicine by pretending that medicines are candy. Instead, teach kids what medicines are for and why only trusted adults must give medicines to them.
Medicare Plus advises every family to be aware of the potential dangers in their household. Remember to keep household chemicals and other potentially dangerous items out of reach of young children. It is highly recommended that you use safety locks on storage cabinets where medicines, cleaning agents, and chemicals are stored.
By knowing the potentially hazardous products in your surroundings that can affect your health, you can take preventive measures to protect your children, especially young ones, from accidentally ingesting or inhaling poisonous agents. Awareness also enables you to protect your kids from getting splashed in the eye and from skin contact with toxic chemicals. For emergencies, you can contact the National Poison Management and Control Center.