Are You Storing Your Medication Safely? Simple Ways to Prevent Child Poisoning

Child Proofing Cabinet LocksBy Beverly Hopps, Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital

Medications are the leading cause of child poisoning. In 2017, 52,000 children were seen in the emergency room for medicine poisoning. That’s one child every eight minutes. Almost all of these visits are because the child got into medicines during a moment alone.

Little ones are curious! That in mind, it’s important to take precautions to help prevent these poisonings.

Here are some tips and things to keep in mind for your home and surroundings:

Did you know? 

Save the Poison Help number in your phone: 1-800-222-1222. It’s not just for emergencies. You can call with questions about how to take or give medicine, concerns about plants, chemicals, carbon monoxide, bites, stings and more.

For more information from Safe Kids WNC, visit www.missionchildrens.org/safekids [1].