Safe Kids Worldwide released a new research report - An In-Depth Look at Keeping Young Children
Safe Around Medicine – noting that every minute of every day, a poison control center receives a
call about a potential medicine poisoning for a child age five and under. And 67,000 times each
year, or every eight minutes, a young child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning. This
is a 30 percent increase over the past ten years. In its report entitled An In-Depth Look at
Keeping Young Children Safe Around Medicine, Safe Kids examines data from the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission, information from poison control centers and findings from several focus groups
among moms. The report reviews what is happening in households that leads to these disturbing
numbers and offers parents simple things they can do to protect their children.
The increase in exposure reflects the increase in medicines in the home. Most adults take medicine
or vitamins on a regular basis; eight out of ten adults took at least one medicine or vitamin in
the past week, and three out of ten adults took five or more. But they don’t always keep them up
and away from kids. In 86 percent of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the child got
into medicine belonging to an adult.
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