Children’s Health: Tips To Keep Your Children Safety From Over The Counter Medication
A recent article appeared in WebMD. com written by John Whyte MD and titled “Drug Safety Rules To Follow At Home.”
The article points out “that over 240 million people rely on over-the-counter (OTC) medicines." The article also notes "that with health care on the rise it is important that patients know how to use, store, and dispose of OTCs safely – especially when they have young kids at home”.
According to the same article “about 60,000 young children are brought to the emergency room each year after getting into medicines that were left within reach. Often the symptoms range from abdominal pain and vomiting to extreme fatigue, unresponsiveness and confusion."
In a separate child-related article that appeared in Healthy Children.org it was mentioned that “aspirin is another medicine taken by adults for aches and fever. However, never give aspirin to your child unless your child’s doctor tells you to. Children who take aspirin may get a serious illness called Reyes Syndrome - a rare disorder that causes brain and liver damage. This particular article goes on to state "although this disease can happen at any age, it is most often seen in children."
Here are a few tips to keep your children safe from OTCs
1. Using OTCS responsibility
- Never use cough, cold, or allergy medicines to make your child sleepy.
- Do not use oral cough and cold medicines in children younger than 4.
2. Storing OTC medicines
- Keep medicines up and away and out of your child’s reach and sight.
- Lock the child safety cap completely—until you hear the click— every time after you use a medicine.
3. Disposing of expired OTC medicines
- Mix medicines with a substance such as kitty litter, dirt, or used coffee grounds.
- Place the mixture in a sealed container such as a zip-top top plastic bag.
4. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions
WebMD.com, John Whyte MD, “Drug Safety Rules To Follow At Home, March 15, 2017
Healthy children. Org, “Common Over The Counter Medications”
Healthline, Reyes Syndrome, Ana Gotten, November 18, 2017