a special feature from Kay & Leslie, founders Grandparentslink.com
“Small children who land in the hospital emergency room after swallowing the wrong
medication rarely get the stuff from a medicine cabinet or drawer. Instead, children take
pills or bottles off the floor, out of sofa cushions or from purses, countertops and other
easy-to-see spots.” This report was released by the non-profit group Safe Kids
Worldwide in a USA Today article on March 20th, 2013.
Rennie Ferguson, a researcher for Safe Kids, “looked at 2315 emergency department
records on children up to age 4 compiled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
in 2011. A total of 67,000 young children visited emergency rooms that year after
accidental exposures to medication.
In cases where records noted the source of the medications, 27% came from the floor or
had been otherwise misplaced; 20% came from a purse, bag, or wallet. Another 20%
had been left out on counters, dressers, tables, or nightstands, and 15% came from a
pillbox or bag of pills. An additional 6% came from a cabinet or drawer. The drugs
belonged to adults in 86% of the cases. Moms (31%) and grandparents (38%) were the
most common sources.”
In other words, we as grandparents must be more cautious with our medications,
vitamins, herbs, or whatever we are taking.
–We need to be mindful of where we store and place these items.
–They need to be out of sight and put away.
–If you are concerned that you might forget to take a pill, set a timer or set your cell
We cannot take our eyes off the kids!
If you think a child has accidentally or improperly taken a medication, be sure to call the
national Poison Control Center, 1-800-222-1222. This is the telephone number for every
poison center in the US. You can call it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and speak to a
poison expert. You can also call this number if you have any questions about poison or
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