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  • More Kids Rushed to E.R. for Swallowing Parents’ Meds

    Parents are urged to be more mindful when it comes to storing their medicine to avoid their kids accidentally ingesting them.
  • Other factors include the increase in the amount of medication prescribed to adults, making these more available to children at home. According to a 1998 study, half of adults had ingested at least one prescription medicine in a week, and 7 percent had taken in five or more. In 2006, another study reported that 55 percent had ingested at least one prescription medication during the previous week and 11 percent had taken in five or even more.

    Said Eric Lavonas, doctor from the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, "Whenever you put medicines into hundreds of millions of homes, somebody's child is going to get into it. The big thing to take away from this is we need to do a better job of keeping children and medicines away from each other in the home.”

    For tips on proper medicine storage and how to apply first aid to a child who accidentally ingests drugs, click here.

    •    September 16, 2011. “More Kids Visiting Hospitals for Ingesting Parents’ Meds” livescience.com
    •    September 16, 2011. “More kids going to ERs for taking parents’ meds” msnbc.msn.com
    •    September 16, 2011. “Prescription Drug Poisoning Rises for Children Who Find Parents’ Pills” ibtimes.com

    Photo by ShawnOster via flickr creative commons

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