Medication Safety for Kids

blog-default Medicine helps improve the lives of people every day, but it's not always a good thing if it's not used properly. It can be especially dangerous if kids happen to get into the medicine cabinet or open a prescription pill bottle lying around the house, as some medicines look like pieces of candy. To protect kids from overdosing on both over-the-counter medicines and prescription drugs, take these tips into consideration.

Be careful when administering medication. When administering medication to children, you need to be careful of how you give it to them to prevent adverse reactions, overdoses, and other complications. Make sure that you know the name and purpose of the medication, as well as how much to give, how often to give it and how long it needs to be taken. It's also important to keep in mind how the drug is supposed to be administered, whether it's eaten, breathed, applied to the eyes or nose, or put on the skin. Some medications might have special instructions that you need to pay attention to as well, like to eat it with food or stay out of direct sunlight after it's been ingested. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any drug interactions that could be dangerous, as well as potential side effects to watch out for. You should also be sure to check the expiration date of all medicines before giving them to your children, as expired drugs could be dangerous. Of course, you should also remember that it's never a good idea to give a child a drug that wasn't prescribed to him or her. Medicines for adults aren't always safe for kids, and even drugs for your other kids could cause problems in the child who wasn't prescribed it.

Be smart about storage. One important aspect of medication safety for kids is appropriate storage of their medication. After every dose of medication, you need to store it in a safe place that's out of the reach of your children. This could be in a high-up cabinet or on a high shelf. You may want to consider installing a lock on cabinets or drawers just in case your kids do find a way to get up there. Keep in mind that it's never a good idea to keep medicine around just because you use it often - leaving it on the counter or even in your purse can make it easier for kids to access. You should also make sure that you buy medicine in childproof containers whenever possible, as this can make it more difficult for a child to open the container even if he or she finds it.