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Monitor Your Medicine Cabinet: Keeping Your Kids Safe from Poisoning

boy leaning on handThere is a heartbreaking connection between the increase in adult prescription medication use and the incidence of child poisonings. A new study in the journal Pediatrics examines the increases in prescriptions for diabetes and hypertension medications, beta blockers and opioids and finds that they are significantly associated with exposures and poisonings in children of all ages.

The greatest risk group is among children 5 years old and younger, followed by children aged 13 to 19. The rates of emergency department visits were the highest for oral hypoglycemics and beta blockers, but serious injury and hospitalizations were most common with ingestions of opioids and hypoglycemics.

Keeping kids safe from medication poisoning

There are many safeguards you can put in place to make sure your children don’t get hold of your medications.

Seeking medical treatment

If your child does ingest medicine, he will need immediate treatment:

Reviewed by: Patrick S. Pasquariello Jr., MD
Date: June 2013

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