Every nine minutes a child is seen in an emergency room for medicine poisoning. And in almost half of those visits (48 percent), a child got into a grandparent’s medicine. Not that parents are off the hook — 38 percent of the visits were due to a child getting into a parent’s medicine. But let’s look at why this message is important for grandparents.
For more than 12 years, Safe Kids Northeast Florida has been keeping kids safe by finding creative solutions to reach families with the information they need most. One example is their medication safety program.
The equivalent of about four school busloads of kids arrive at emergency rooms in the U.S. every day because a child accidentally got into medicine. That’s more than 59,000 kids each year. What can parents do? We have answers.
En nuestro último estudio científico, “Seguridad de los medicamentos para niños: Un análisis en profundidad de las llamadas a los Centros de Toxicología”, descubrimos que mientras los niños pequeños generan muchas más llamadas a los centros de toxicología por exposición a las medicinas, los adolescentes corren un riesgo mayor de graves consecuencias relacionadas con la intoxicación con medicinas.
What we’ve found in our latest research study, “Medicine Safety for Children: An In-Depth Look at Calls to Poison Centers,” is that while younger kids generate far more calls to poison centers for medication exposure, teens are at greater risk for serious outcomes related to medicine poisonings.
Poison Prevention Week is March 15 – 21, and Safe Kids is releasing new research, “Medicine Safety for Children: An In-Depth Look at Calls to Poison Centers,” to explore medicine safety for children. In partnership with the American Association of Poison Control Centers, and with support from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, we analyzed more than 547,000 calls to poison centers to better understand what types of medicines little kids and teens are getting into and how it happens.
With people still talking about the Nationwide Super Bowl ad that brought dramatic attention to the number one killer of kids, preventable injuries, we’re releasing new research that reveals the scope of the problem in a place most parents assume is safe: the home. Every day, six children die from an injury in the home, and 10,000 go to the emergency department for the kinds of injuries that commonly happen in homes.
We talk a lot about safe storage and the importance of keeping medicine up and away, out of reach of children. And that’s important: In 67 percent of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the medicine was left within reach of a child, such as in a purse, on a counter or dresser or on the ground.
What is equally important, though, is safe dosing.
Grandparents are playing a bigger role than ever before in raising their grandkids. More than 7 million grandparents in the United States live with their grandchildren, and 13 percent of grandparents are relied on to be a trusted caregiver.