Protect our Kids from Household Poisons
warning about storing food and chemicals too close together. also warns about kids who take too much medicine on their own or get into their parents medications..Photo: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Doctors warn of a dangerous and potentially deadly mix, kids and medicine and household chemicals that look like sweets. A new report from Safe Kids Worldwide finds that kids get into the medicine or get the wrong dose 500,000 times a year.
Safe Kids found that about 67,000 times a year a child has to go to the emergency room for medicine poisoning. That's a 30 percent increase over the last ten years.
Tucson Medical Center and Safe Kids of Pima County say parents should made sure to store all medicine where children can't reach it. The warning also focuses on pills stored in purses, vitamins left on countertops and even diaper rash medicine left hear a changing table.
Some medicines and many household cleaning chemicals are in packaging that looks like it contains candy or other sweets. The groups recommend keeping the number to poison contol services in your phone or at least on the refrigerator. The national hotline can be reached at: 1-800-222-1222.