Pain medications are the single most frequent cause of pediatric deaths reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers. Between 2014 and 2018, pain medications accounted for 20% of poisoning deaths in children younger than 6 years.
Now that kids are home for the foreseeable future due to Ohio’s school closings and stay-at-home order amid the recent COVID-19 pandemic, medication safety is crucial — perhaps now more than ever.
Kids are curious and love to put things in their mouths, especially if it looks like candy. The best way to protect children from unintentional poisoning is to make sure all your medicines are put up and away, out of your children’s sight and reach.
Here are 8 tips to help prevent children from finding medicines in your home.