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Summer means fun in the sun, cannonballing into the pool, jumping waves at the beach and… kids spending more time at home which can lead to trouble.
Their natural curiosity leads them to open cabinets, drawers and more often than not finding medicine bottles, eye drops, sun creams and lotions that are dangerous when swallowed. Therefore safe medicine storage is crucial to ensure safety in your home.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to take these and other seemingly innocent products away from my two year old now knowing it could have been extremely dangerous.
Did you know that every year, 60,000 children are seen in the ER because of accidental medicine ingestion? That equates to 4 busloads of kids per day — SCARY stuff! And even ones that seem safe such as eyedrops, ear drops, nasal sprays can have serious consequences such as diarrhea, vomiting (remember Bradley Cooper in Wedding Crashers??!)
Two years ago I started taking anti-depressants, anxiety medication and a cocktail of other meds that I needed. They were scattered all over — in the bathroom, the kitchen, my office and on my nightstand. As adults it makes sense to have them at hand. That is until I found my daughter playing with a few of the anti-depressant pills — my heart literally stopped and right then I put them UP and AWAY.
I made room in a high kitchen cupboard and since then I’ve had peace of mind. They are there right along with the bug sprays and SPF’s.
Now that vacation has officially begun, take the time to do a walk through your home and put any and ALL meds and lotions away. Oh, and remember to tell any other family members who your kids may spend time with — it’s best to be safe than sorry.
Here’s to a fun and SAFE summer!