Keeping Kids Safe: Medication-Proofing Your Home

I came across some interesting information on children’s safety while browsing through the parenting section of NY Times today. The article was titled “Making Medicine Bottles Even More Child-Resistant;” and it talks about the “effectiveness of flow restriction devices ” which are found in most medication bottles right now. While researchers concluded that these things are beneficial, they say that they should merely be secondary barriers and that parents still need to take extra precaution when storing medications in our homes.

Statistics show that over 300 children in the United States (ages 0 to 19) are treated in an emergency department every day; 55% of which involve medications. If you don’t want your children to be part of this number, make an effort to medication-proof your home. Medication-proofing is simple and shouldn’t take more than an hour or so.

Here are some strategies I employ to prevent my kids from getting poisoned by medications that are not for them:

1. I store medicines in a locked, hard-to-reach cabinet.

2. I keep all medications in their original containers.

3. I regularly dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs and over the counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements.

How about you? What do you do to keep your kids safe from medications?