Medicine Cabinet Safety Tips for Your Home

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Lucas is 6 years old. In all of his 6 years, he has never experienced curiosity about medicine. He is a good kid. He knows that medicine should only be given by adults. He knows that he should never take any medicine unless we give it to him. Or so I thought.  Around the holidays, Mike and I went to a movie – sans kids. We dropped the kiddos at my parents house. Lucas was excited because his cousin, Blanca (who is also 6) was also there with him. As soon as we dropped him off, he ran upstairs with Blanca.

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Now, let me backtrack a little bit. We were all sick with the flu just the week before so we all – Lucas included – had a lingering cough and sore throat. Now fast forward to my parents house. Mike and I arrive to pick the kids up and Lucas comes over to me and tells me about all of the fun he had. And then he says, “and I took some yellow pills.” My heart stopped.

“What pill? Show me.” I say to him. He immediately begins to cry as he realizes what he’s done. I tell him that he’s not in trouble, but that I need to know exactly what he took. He leads me upstairs into my parents bathroom. He gets out a step stool, carries it over to a tall cabinet, stands on the step stool, and proceeds to take out my moms medicine bag. My mom’s medicine bag, which has high blood pressure medicine and diabetes medicine and all sorts of medicine. I swear – I thought I was going to faint. Then, he pulls out a pack of cough drops from the bag and tells me that these were the yellow pills he took. For his cough and sore throat.

I was lucky. This time. This could have easily been a tragedy. So today, I want to share with you some medicine cabinet safety tips that hopefully will prevent this happening to you!

  • Talk to your kids about medicine safety. It’s important for them to understand the danger.
  • Never refer to medicine as candy.
  • Clean out your medicine cabinet! Make sure to get rid of any old or expired medicines every year.
  • Create a child-proof area that can be locked and keep medication lids tightly closed. I would recommend a LOCKED medicine cabinet that is up high and out of the way.
  • Keep your medications in the container they come in – that way you always know the proper dosage and potential interactions.
  • To avoid double dosing your child with medicine, always make sure that you and your spouse communicate with one another about when medications were given to your child.
  • Be informed about what illness your child has and the proper medication that will alleviate symptoms. For instance, check out the PediaChat Blog post –  All About Fevers to learn more about when a parent should worry about a childhood fever.
  • Keep dosing cups or syringes with the medication it came with or keep it very simple with PediaCare® Infants Fever Reducer / Pain Reliever With Acetaminophen. This is pretty cool because the bottle has a flow restrictor, which helps to minimize dosing errors and is SAFE. Basically nothing comes out of the bottle unless you properly insert the syringe (think hospital syringes).

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