Everyone grows parents to celebrate Halloween with their children, and it contains plenty of goodies. But sometimes candies can look…
Everyone grows parents to celebrate Halloween with their children, and it contains plenty of goodies. But sometimes candies can look like medicines and vitamins, especially for a curious kid.
Any drug or vitamin taken in the wrong way, or by the wrong person, may be dangerous. Every year, nearly 60,000 young children take drugs and end up in the emergency room, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, most visits result in the child being emptied home after supervision. But sometimes children may need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. These types of health injuries can be prevented by keeping medicines away from children in the first place.
This Halloween CDC reminds parents to keep the medicines locked safe and out of reach for children as part of their up and down campaign, working with other authorities, security councils and medical groups.
Here are their six tips to help keep your kids safe on Halloween and every other day of the year.
Select a place your children can not reach
Drugs are often left on the sink in the kitchen or the bathroom to remind us to take them everyday, but they are often also within reach of our children. Take a quick walk around your house and find out where you store your medicines. Make sure it is well beyond your children’s reach, up and down, in sight.
Add Medicine Up and Away After Each Use
Never leave open medications within easy reach, even if you only go for a minute or plan to give a new dose again in a few hours. When taking the medicine, remember to put it back in a safe place. This includes medicines and vitamins you take every day.
Double-check the security cover
Several bottles have child safety cards, but they do not work unless we check them. Always loosen the safety cover after each use and twist them to ensure they are properly seated.
Teach Your Children About Medical Security
Prevention begins with education. It is important to teach children what it is for the medicine and make sure they know that only their parents or caregivers will give them it. Never tell a child that the medicine is candy, even if they do not like to take it.
Tell Your Guests Medical Safety ]
Remind guests who visit to keep medicines in their bags, rocks or pockets out of sight and out of reach. If possible, bring them medication at home, or offer to keep them in a safe place in your home.
Know who to call in an emergency
Save the American Association of Poison Control Center’s number in the phone in case of emergency: 1-800-222-1222.
Call immediately if you have suspected that your child has accidentally taken a medicine or vitamin, even if you are not sure.
Enter the number of your refrigerator or other prominent place in your home and make sure that all other carers, grandparents, grandchildren and grandchildren – have the phone number at hand as well.
Dr. Tiffany Yeh is an endocrinologist at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.