Tips for Protecting Children from Accidental Medication Ingestion

Tim Miley
Injury Lawyer, Author, & Owner of The Miley Legal Group

According to Consumer Reports, more children under six years old are treated in emergency rooms for accidental drug ingestion than for motor vehicle accidents.

Whether it’s a failure to tighten the cap on a bottle, forgetting that the medication has been left out, momentary lack of supervision or other circumstances, a child getting his or her hands on medication (even those prescribed for them) could turn into a life-threatening situation.

What Manufacturers are Doing to Protect Children from Accidental Ingestion

Drug manufacturers have made efforts to do more than just provide child-resistant caps on certain medications (which are required by law). Some have gone a step further by including a flow restrictor, a device that allows only a small amount of medicine to come out.

However, even with these good intentions, parents and caregivers should never rely strictly on these approaches to prevent accidental ingestion. It may not always be 100 percent effective, for instance, and one can never be too careful when it comes to protecting children from medicines that could result in serious or even fatal injuries. So it’s important to consider other ways to protect a child.

Ways You Can Protect Children from Accidentally Ingesting Medication

The following are tips to keep medicine out of the hands of infants and children:

  • store all medicines out of reach (both high up and locked up);
  • double check the cap after placing it back on the bottle to ensure it’s closed (usually will hear a click);
  • never leave medicine out, even for a second (put it away immediately after use);
  • don’t refer to medicine as candy; and
  • talk to children about the importance of never taking medicine without adult supervision.

In the event your child suffers an injury related to a dangerous or defective medication, call the Miley Legal Group in Clarksburg at 304-931-4088 or contact us online.

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