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‘Safe Kids’ Asks Parents To Keep Medication Out Of Reach

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By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Parents of children five and under are being asked to “up their game” in terms of keeping the kids from getting their hands on adult medicines.

According to the second report from Safe Kids Worldwide on medication poisonings, a child gets ER treatment for this about every eight minutes and the trend, unfortunately, is up. But so is the solution, says Philadelphia-native Kate Carr, Safe Kids president and CEO, as in “up and away”, not only for prescription drugs, but over-the-counters, and all sorts of other things.

She says, if you need a prompt about taking your meds.

“Don’t leave it on the counter. Program your cell phone to give you that reminder when you need to take medication, that way you can tuck it in a kitchen cabinet or somewhere and still get the reminder that you’re looking for. It doesn’t have to sit out in the sight of a child.”

Carr says two dangerous times are when you take your child to visit in another home, and when someone visits yours.

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