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give your child any medicine to get him to sleep. give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. give your child vitamins or supplements that contain iron unless directed by a healthcare provider. Too much iron can be harmful to your child, especially if he is younger than 3 years. Medicines are the leading cause of child poisoning. In 2017, nearly 52,000 children under the age of six were seen in the emergency room for medicine poisoning. That’s one child every ten minutes.
Top Tips about Medication Safety. Keep medicine up and away, out of reach and sight of children, even medicine you take every day. We all know that medications can help our children live healthier lives, but when medicines are misused or stored improperly, they can also be dangerous. You will want to follow all the medication safety guidelines for adults, but if you have infants or children in your home, here are some special medication safety reminders just.
Always use the infant formulations; never give your baby a medication intended for older kids or adults. To prevent choking, don’t squeeze baby’s cheeks, hold his nose or force his head back when offering him medicine. If your baby is old enough to sit up, dispense the medicine with baby in a sitting position. Put a childproof lock or catch on the cabinet with your medicines. Put away medicine safely after every use.
Never leave medicine on the counter. Curious children will climb on a chair to reach for something that interests them. DO NOT leave your medicine unattended. Children can find medicine in your bedside.
Talk to Your Kids about Medicine Safety Teach your child that medicine should always be given by an adult. It’s important for kids to know that they should not take medicine on their own. Parents and caregivers can help make sure they are taking it correctly. Please give the initial dose of any medication your child has not had before to check for a reaction.
All medication must be in the original container, labeled with the child’s name and the date it is brought to the center. Prescription medication must include dosage instructions and child’s name. Expired medication will not be. Learning about medication safety can reduce and even prevent the risk of harm for you and your loved ones. Adverse Drug Events in the United States Updated Estimates of Emergency Room Visits for Adverse Drug Events.
Correct Answer: Adults can use aspirin to treat pain and fever, but you should never give it to a child. It can cause a serious condition called Reye’s syndrome that can harm the brain and liver. Don’t give your child acetaminophen when he or she is taking other medications containing acetaminophen.
Don’t give your child adult formulations of acetaminophen. Securely replace child-resistant caps after using medication and store all medication in its original container out of your child’s reach.
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