Child Medication Poisoning Has Risen Dramatically

According to a new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study, the number of young children admitted to hospitals or the...
According to a new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study, the number of young children admitted to hospitals or the ER due to medication poisoning has risen dramatically in recent years. More, not fewer kids are getting into, and taking potentially toxic doses of medications - that's not a good thing. In fact, the news is so bad that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set up PROTECT Initiative, a program meant to help prevent medication overdoses in children. According to the CDC, kids are in trouble when it comes to medications. They note:
  • Over 70,000 emergency department (ED) visits result from unintentional medication overdoses among children under the age of 18.
  • One out of every 180 two-year-olds is treated in an ED for an unintentional medication overdose;
  • Over 80% of ED visits among children under the age of 12 are due to unsupervised children taking medications on their own.
  • Over-the-counter medications are involved in approximately one-third of ED visits among children under the age of 12.
This shouldn't be happening. Kids need supervision and medications should ALWAYS be locked up. If you're a parent, and you're unclear about how to handle medications around children, it's time to get serious. Read the following tips for help...

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