Vitamins. Eye drops. Nose spray. Skin creams and ointments. Cough drops. They all sound harmless enough, right? But they can all be very dangerous to a small child’s body if ingested. Most moms (me included) think that they are already practicing safe medicine storage because the “dangerous” medicines are kept hidden away in medicine cabinets or in a place the kids can’t reach them. But vitamins and skin creams are normally kept within reaching distance without a second thought.
Well, let me make you give it a second thought.
Nearly every household has several bottles with caps like these in them. We think because it’s “childproof” that our kids can’t open them. Ethan, my six year old, figured out how to open these lids. He wanted to get his vitamins one day, so he figured it out after reading what the instructions said. He also doled out vitamins to his sisters. To say I freaked out when I realized he could now open medicine bottles would be an understatement.
Needless to say, all of the medicines that we had that he could reach needed to be moved. And that my friends is why safe medicine storage…keeping ALL medicines (even the over-the-counter (OTC) ones) out of the hands of kids…is so important. What if he would’ve picked up the wrong bottle? What if he opened a different bottle and the pills were pink or green so he thought they were candy? What if he thought eye drops were some kind of drink? The thoughts are enough to give me nightmares.
June is National Home Safety Month. Did you know that every year, 60,000 children are seen in the ER because of accidental medicine ingestion? That equates to 4 busloads of kids per day! This is the perfect time to talk about safe medicine storage because it’s not just important in your home. Many families vacation during summer break, so if you are visiting family or friends, you might find that they leave medicine out in the open. Even if it’s just eye drops or the like, they can still be dangerous.
So we’ve moved all medicines to the top of our linen closet in our bathroom – a spot that the kids can’t get to even if they try climbing. If you could use some safe medicine storage tips, check out the CHPA site Up & Away for more specific information. And if you are visiting a friend or family member’s house, don’t be shy about asking them to put medicines away!
If you keep your medicines out where the kids can get to them simply because if you put them away you’ll forget to take them, these safe medicine storage tips will help you remember to take them.
It may take some time and effort to rearrange everything and make sure you are practicing safe storage in every room, but just take one look at your kids’ faces and you will know that you are doing the right thing.
Where do you keep your medicines stored?
What might be sitting out that should probably be put somewhere the kids can’t reach?
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