December 2017-Medicine Poisonings of Children During Christmas

Monthly Round Up of Important Ideas and Standards in
Industrial Hygiene and Safety

December 2017

IN THIS ISSUE: Medicine Poisonings of Children During Christmas

Every eight minutes a child is admitted to an Emergency Room due to poisoning from medicine. In one study, 43 percent of these visits were from young children improperly ingesting medicines. To a child pills can be attractive to eat since they may look like candy. This problem is even greater during Christmas because relatives and friends who stay over for the Holidays may not take the same precautions as parents who are with children all the time. This is also true of children who visit grandparents who may take multiple medicines and need easy access as part of their health maintenance.

Some of the medications that can be especially harmful to children include heart medications, pain relievers, anti-depressants, and diabetes preparations. Over the counter medicines are also a concern, since they can be harmful to toddlers and young children.  Visitors may think they are harmless and my not take the same precautions as with prescription medications.
Here are some tips for you and your visitors

  • Medications should be locked up and out of reach.
  • Never leave medicine out on the counter or where children can find them such as in a bedside drawer, handbag, or pocket.
  • Avoid taking medicines in front of small children. They like to do what their parents do.
  • Get child resistant caps for prescription and over the counter medications. Make sure to replace the cap when done.
  • Ask visitors to take the same steps to protect children.
  • Make sure luggage and purses are not left unattended.
If your child has inappropriately consumed medicine or other harmful substances, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. It is open 24 hours a day. If you are unsure what medication your child may have taken, still call 911 or the emergency number in your area for transportation to the nearest medical facility.Christmas and the Holidays should be happy times with friends and family. Protect your children. For more information about child safety, go to
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