Written by Dr. Chetan Ginigeri
From wheels to aeroplanes roaring in the sky – it is crystal clear that no creature is more curious than humans. Children are more inquisitive than adults. They have so much to explore and they want to explore it all. But not every time they end up exploring the right things. And this is where you have to be cautious about child safety.
Medicines are supposed to heal people but if they fall into wrong hands things can go south. Not only that, even the wrong dosage is harmful. If you have a child in your house proper medicines storage is very important. It is also crucial to educate yourself and your child on child safety factors like – Why do we have medicines? How do they work? Who should have them? When to have them?
It is important to protect your child from taking any kind of medication that is not prescribed to him or her to ensure their safety. But one has to pay extra attention to the medication mentioned below:
Thousands of children end up in the emergency room because of accidental intake of medicines or incorrect dosage. Whether it is your medicine or your child’s – safe storage is important. Follow the medication child safety tips and guidelines given below to avoid any accidents.
Medication poisoning can also be the result of incorrect dosage. To prevent any dosing error, give the oral liquid medication in the prescribed millilitres (ml) only. Here are some tips to help you prevent dosage mistakes and ensuring child safety:
Either child’s curiosity can take the best of them or you might make an error in dosing. Both can sometimes prove to be fatal. If your child takes the medicines by mistake, firstly don’t panic and stay calm. If they still have it in their mouth, make them spit it out as soon as possible. Do not induce vomiting.
Look out for possible symptoms like lethargy, nausea, vomiting, drooling or unusual sleep. If your child has any of these symptoms, rush them to the hospital. Also, it will be really helpful for the doctor to decide the course of treatment if he knows what medicine the little one took. So, if possible, locate the medicine and take it with you.
Do not avoid the situation thinking it will be better on its own.
Agreed. Being a parent is not the easiest task. But when you look at your healthy and safe little one, it becomes the best thing that ever happened. So, in conclusion, when it comes to medicines, keep them out of your child’s sight and reach. Take precautions to ensure child safety. Educate them and yourself about the medication. And in case of emergency, act calmly and accordingly.
Read Also: What Should You Do If Your Child Swallows Your Medication?
Dr Chetan Ginigeri is an experienced Pediatric Intensivist with national and international training. With 15 years of experience, he is one among very few Intensivists in India trained to take care of children who need/had organ transplants. He has been responsible for coordinating the Pediatric Organ Transplant program.Read more.
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