Kids Are Quick So Keep Your Medicine Out of Reach

Keep your meds high and out of reach!

If you’re a parent I don’t have to tell you how quick kids are.

It’s never when you need them to be fast like getting out of bed, getting dressed, putting their shoes on, or picking things up off the ground. Those times? Slow as molasses. But take your eyes off them for 1.4 seconds at the grocery store or stop holding hands at a traffic light for a millisecond and you’ll see EXACTLY how quick they are as you experience some of the scariest moments of your life.

We all those fears of our kids getting lost in a crowd or escaping from us near the street and toddling out into traffic, but there’s something many parents, myself included, haven’t given much thought to — how quick they can be getting into unsecured medicine cabinets.

Seeing that this week is National Poison Prevention Week (March 19-25), it’s a great time to drop some knowledge about kids getting into medicine that can be severely harmful. Tell me if these two data points shock you as much as they did me:

  • Approximately 60,000 kids go to the ER every year due to accidental medicine ingestion. Think about that number. It means four school buses full of children EVERY DAY go to the ER because they get into medicine they’re not supposed to.
  • According to SafeKids, “half of the 2 million calls to poison control centers in 2011 were for exposures and ingestions among kids 5 and under.” That’s a lot of little hands opening cabinets they shouldn’t be able to access.

While restricting access as much as possible is important, so is the messaging we give our kids about medicine. Namely, we need to have honest and frank conversations with them about what medicine is, and that only parents or a trusted caregiver should administer it to them. And NEVER tell them medicine is candy, no matter how difficult it is to get them to take it.

This is especially important to me right now because we’re moving to a new house, and that means packing. So while we’re generally careful with where our meds are stored (even putting a lock on the closet so the little ones can’t get in), it’s an issue we need to keep in mind now more than ever since everything is being put away and in transit. It’s also not just a problem we need to deal with at home, but also when we travel and when our kids go to other homes (like a visit with grandparents). A lapse could mean a life, so I’m going to ask you to do something.

Lock ’em up (the meds, not the kids)

Please take some time this week to double check that your medicines are stored safely up, away, and out of sight of the kids. I know it sounds like something that could never happen to you, but it can. It can happen to all of us — the best of us — and it’s entirely preventable if we just take a little time to be proactive.

Please check out Up & Away for more information and tips, and keep the Poison Control Centers’ phone number handy at home and lock it into your cell phone:  (800-222-1222).

This is a sponsored post. I am collaborating with the CHPA (Consumer Health Products Association) Educational Foundation and I was compensated for this post but as always, my opinions are my own.


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2 thoughts on “Kids Are Quick So Keep Your Medicine Out of Reach

  1. Hello Aaron

    Thank you for this lovely post, it is a wake-up call. You would think that your home is a safe place for your children. The hard fact is that it’s not always possible to have control over environmental factors in and around your home, especially if you’re a working parent. Our aim should he to teach your child and his caregiver to THINK SAFETY. Meanwhile, we should not wait for an accident to happen, we need to make our homes safe for our child.

    Best of luck to you and your family.
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  2. Oh my goodness, this post brings back some frightening memories of my daughter almost swallowing something she is not supposed to. This happened a few week ago so it was really still fresh in my memory. Although it was not medicine and not life threatening (as I have researched with shaky hands), my daughter was so quick that I did not notice that she was hiding in our closet where the shoes are hidden. She found a silica gel pouch and when I saw her, she was chewing a few pieces. I was able to take it out her mouth but my mind went blank in fear that she might get poisoned. From then on, all medications, cleaning agents and the likes are stored at a high place that she will not be able to reach.

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