Nearly 1 in 4 Grandparents Store Rx Medicines Where Children Can Easily Find Them

Unintentional poisonings from medicines cause more emergency room visits for young children each year than do car accidents. One key reason may be that nearly 1 of every 4 grandparents says that they store prescription medicines in easy-access ways, according to a new poll. The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health recently asked parents and grandparents of children aged 1 to 5 years about the presence of medicines in their homes and how they are stored. According to the survey sponsors, emergency room visits for accidental poisonings among young children have become much more frequent in the last decade. The results are a reminder to parents, grandparents and all those who care for young children: check around your homes to make sure that medicines are safely stored out of reach. The poll results showed 23 percent of grandparents and 5 percent of parents reported storing prescription medicine in easy-to-access places, including daily-dose boxes that children can open. Eighteen percent of grandparents and 8 percent of parents said they store over-the-counter medicines in easily accessible spots. The most common type of prescription in an accidental ingestion for young children is an opiate medicine, such as a morphine-related painkiller. The most common types of over-the-counter medicines that prompts emergency room visits for possible poisonings among young children include acetaminophen, used to reduce fever. To keep children safe, parents and grandparents are generally urged to keep medicine safely out of reach of young children, in child-proof containers. About two-thirds of adults say they would support new laws that would require companies to create single-dose packages of tablets, capsules and liquid medicines that would make it harder for young children to ingest large quantities. See the video here:Click Here; Full report: C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health Click Here
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