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Eight Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Pediatric Medication Poisonings

David W. Hodges
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
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Do you realize that childhood deaths from accidental pediatric poisonings have spiked by 80 percent over the past ten years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Additionally, there has been an overall increase in accidental poisonings in children, according to a study published in the July, 2013, issue of Pediatrics, which also revealed that kids—five-years-old and younger—are found to be at the highest risk for accidental medication poisonings.

Why Are Child Prescription Poisonings Happening?

As more parents and grandparents are taking prescription drugs to manage their ailments, young children have more access to these medications. Sometimes, adults leave their prescription medications out in the open, where children can easily access the drugs. Additionally, grandparents sometimes drop pills onto the floor. When their grandchildren come over, they may find a random pill on the floor and pop it in their mouths out of curiosity.

What Can Be Done About Child Medication Poisonings?

Adults taking prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications need to do a better job in order to reduce unintentional pediatric poisonings. Some tactics that should be considered are:

  1. Keep drugs out of reach and out of sight
  2. Keep drugs locked in a medicine cabinet
  3. Don’t take pills in front of young children
  4. Never refer to drugs as candy
  5. Participate in drug take-back programs for unused drugs
  6. Children should be supervised at all times
  7. Parents should talk to grandparents about these tips
  8. Parents should discuss drug dangers with older kids

Because children are curious, they may accidentally take any type of medication they find. By following the tips above, you can reduce your child’s risk of suffering. If your son or daughter has been harmed by someone else’s negligence—such as pharmacy negligence—please call the pharmacy error attorneys at Kennedy Hodges today at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation.

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