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.

Medication safety

Regardless of how it happens, it only takes a few seconds for curious children to get into medicine that could make them very sick or worse.

medication safety

According to the family historian, I was not to be trusted.

At age two, I had been left alone for about a minute when I was discovered sitting in my parents' bedroom with a bottle of aspirin -- cap off, bottle upended, contents strewn about. (Clever girl!)