Could this happening in your home? You bet it could – it is amazing how many hazardous household products and medications we have in our homes.
Children may be at risk if we do not take precautions to keep these hazardous products and medications under lock and key and away from them. If you already have children, no doubt you will be familiar with all the things they get into, when you turn your back for a split second. Kids don’t understand that just because something looks like candy that it is not necessarily good to eat. If you have looked at the similarities of some medications to common, popular candy, it is frightening how alike they can appear. Of course the consequences of ingesting them are totally different.
With cold and flu season upon us, one of the ‘biggies’ to be aware of is cough and cold medications for children. One size does NOT fit all in this case. What is good for you, or even your teenagers, is not necessarily good for your young child or infant. Indeed, it can have the opposite effect.
Pretty colors and flavors, lurking in your medicine cabinets, or on your kitchen counter are an invitation that kids can’t resist. With all the different flavors and colors that antibiotics, cough medicines and medications come in (don’t forget the vitamins too!) , it makes it hard for kids to understand that they can only have a limited amount each time. Be sure to administer any medications to your kids, don’t let them help themselves. And always use the approved measure – never ‘free pour’ or ‘guess’ the dose.