Store Medications Safely
- Store medications out of sight from children. Make sure to move medications from easy to reach places, such as purses and nightstands.
- Move other potentially harmful products such as diaper rash creams or eye drops out of reach.
- Use the dosing device that comes with the medicine, kitchen utensils won't measure the same as the dosing device.
- Take time to read the directions and label.
- Don't give your child more than one medication with the same active ingredient
- Clean out your medicine cabinet to get rid of unused or expired medications.
- Properly dispose of medications, don't just throw them in the trash
- Teach them that medicine should always be administered by an adult
- Don't refer to medicine as candy, as it may encourage them to take it on their own. To see just how similar medications can look to candy, play Pills vs. Candy.
- Teach older children how to properly read medication labels
- Save the Poison Control Center's number (1-800-222-1222) in your phone or in another place where you can easily access it.
- If your child does take something, do not induce vomiting or give them anything unless directed by a professional.
For more information and tips, visit SafeKids.