So tell me, you’ve got a young kid at home, and you walk into the room — and there your child is: sitting around playing with a bottle of spilled pills — with some possibly having made their way into the toddler’s mouth. It would freak you out, wouldn’t it?
I know the idea scares the dickens out of me.
And if you’re like me, you think the most common situation would be a kid somehow making their way into a medicine chest or cabinet and fishing for trouble. And like me, you’d be wrong.
The biggest accidental drug suppliers to children are us.
A new study shows the rate of accidental at-home med poisonings is up 30 percent over the past 10 years, with more than 67,000 kids under the age of four requiring a trip to the ER last year alone.
So here’s where the kids are digging and delving into trouble:
27% - pills left out by adults ON THE FLOOR (C’mon now)
20%- from a purse (you know how kids love to explore)
20% – countertops or tables (they can reach better than you think)
15% – a bag of pills or pillbox left on a bed, sink, or similar (gee, don’t do that)
6%- nightstand drawer (“I wonder what’s in there?”)
12%- somewhere else in the house.
The study also points a finger at visitors — particularly grandmothers – who may be leaving pills in vulnerable places. So a gentle reminder to those who bring meds along on visits, even day visits, is good idea.
The other thing to remember is this — a phone number:
This is the number of the Poison Help Line. Place it near or put it in your phone.
I know you’ll follow the above rules of safety, but just in case there is a hitch somewhere along the line, let’s make sure you’re not scrambling in a panic for information.