Medication safety: Tips for keeping pills out of harm's way
Hi everyone! Transplant recipients require daily meds, and the pill organizers are great to keep them straight. Unfortunately they pose a risk to our little ones because they are not child proof. Some of the anti-rejection drugs are cytotoxic and can cause permanent reproductive damage I don’t have recent data, but I attended a seminar awhile back and at the time up to 20% of pediatric poisonings are by grandparents meds. I’ve also had to wait while they pumped my toddler’s stomach after a visit at a family member’s house. It happens so fast.
Here’s some date from the seminar. Numbers have probably changed, but it gives you an idea of the importance of medication safety.
- Medications are the leading cause of child poisoning.
- Each year, more than 500,000 children under the age of five experience a potential poisoning related to medications.
- More than 60,000 children are treated in emergency departments due to accidental unsupervised ingestions each year.
- Currently, more children are brought to emergency departments for medication poisonings than for motor vehicle occupant injuries.
- You probably have an endless supply of empty child-proof pill bottles. Consider labeling them and using them to organize your meds while you have young children in the house.
- If you do transfer meds between containers, make sure you account for all of the pills. Toddlers are notorious for putting things they find on the floor in their mouths.
I hope you are able to see family. Stay safe!