Keeping your children safe from accidental overdose

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - We all know it’s important to store medicine up and away from children, yet each year more than 60,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms due to accidental medication poisoning. Making the problem worse, many medicines look and even taste like candy. 

 Nearly 3 in 5 parents think if medicine is out of reach, it’s in a safe place. But, according to Children's Hospital ER Director Ryan Redman, research shows that in about half of the poisoning cases, the child climbed on a chair, toy or other device to reach medicine.

In addition, 1 in 3 parents think if their child is being watched, it doesn’t matter as much where medicines are stored and half of parents think child-resistant packaging means a child won’t be able to get into medicine at all. Redman says, though that research shows that about half of accidental poisonings involved child-resistant packaging. 

Here's how to keep your child safe:

  • Store all medicine, prescription and OTC medicines, vitamins and supplements up and out of sight of kids all the time. 
  • Make sure all care takers of your child store medicine away (remember this when visiting family and friends)
  • Put the Poison Help number in tor your phone for emergencies (1-800-222-1222)

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