Teaching Your Kids Medication Safety
It’s never too early to begin Medication Safety. According to the CDC more than 64,000 children are admitted to the ER for medicine poisoning. That’s about 1 child every 8 minutes!!!
So we wanted to give you some tips on how to prevent it from happening in your home.
First – Always keep your medications locked up or stored in a place out of the reach of children. We always prefer them to be locked up.
Second – Teach your kids what medicine is. Kids respond and respect things they understand. Find a fun way to share the info with them. There are some really great tools at generationrx.org.
Third – Teach them medicine should only be given by a trusted adult. Make sure you have a list ready ready. Kids like to ask a lot of questions. Having a list makes it clear. If they aren’t on the list, they can’t give medicine
Fourth – Teach them what to do if they find medicine. Never touch it! Find an adult, tell them what you found, and let them handle it.
Fifth – Lead by example. Show them you take Medication Safety as seriousness business. Kids look up their caretakers and will copy every move.
These protective factors will help keep your family safe, and help you build strong healthy relationships with your kids