Are your kids’ grandparents going to be visiting you over the holidays? If so, they’ll be bringing their medications with them and these little bottles can be a big temptation for tiny hands. Pill boxes come in all shapes and sizes and, for seniors who may have difficulty opening tight lids, they’re often not child-proof. This can turn into pretty poison for little ones.
Age two has proven to be the most dangerous year for children regarding accidental overdoses, according to hospital ER visits. Prescription containers with easy-open lids can be opened by a toddler in less than a minute. The most secure bottles have the push down and twist caps. Please make sure any visiting guests keep their medications up high, out of sight and out of reach. This includes bottles, like cough syrup.
By the way, the most common and deadly accidental overdose involving children is with acetaminophen (Tylenol). It’s in most houses because it works well, but it is a danger to kids. Keep it high and away at all times. Better yet, keep meds in a locked box or medicine cabinet.