You probably know that babies and toddlers love to put things in their mouths. But did you know that each year, more than 60,000 young children nationwide are treated in emergency rooms after getting into medicine while their parents or caregivers are not looking?

If you have young children in your home, here are some important safety tips from the National Safety Council for preventing these potentially tragic accidents:

  • Store medicines out of reach and sight of young children.
  • Put medicines and vitamins away EVERY time you use them. Don’t rely on ‘childproof’ caps to keep your children safe.
  • With children who are old enough to understand, explain what medicine is, and why they should never try to take any on their own. Do not tell a child that medicine is candy in an effort to get them to take it.
  • Is grandma coming to visit? Ask her, grandpa and any other visitors to keep medicines out of reach and sight of children while they are in your home.