What every parent needs to know about keeping kids safe around medicine
(BPT) - Every year more than 67,000 children are treated in an emergency room for accidental medicine poisoning. That’s one child every eight minutes. Even more surprising is that in 86 percent of serious cases seen in emergency rooms, the child got into medicine belonging to an adult.
“Ask any parent, and they will tell you they store medicine where children can’t get them,” says Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “But every minute of every day the Poison Control Centers get a phone call about a medicine scare involving a young child.”
To find out what is causing this disconnect, and to understand what could be done to fix this problem, Safe Kids Worldwide examined data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Poison Control Centers, and spent time talking with moms.
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