When your baby or toddler is sick, irritable, running a fever or worse and the usual cuddles, comfort food and rest just don’t do the trick, she/ he needs a Doctor. Please do not stock up on over the counter medications and dole out drugs to your little one.
Children have a knack of getting their hands on things that they should not touch. Among the more dangerous items left lying around a household, medication is probably the most common. Kids watch you taking your medicines and they follow your example. This happens more often than you can imagine and the consequences can be dire. Here are some safety guidelines and tips for storing medication when you have babies, toddlers and older children.
- Store medicines in the original bottle to know the content and avoid confusion.
- Children most commonly find medicine in hand bags and lying around on bedside tables, night stands and counters. Make sure that all medicine and vitamins are stored out of reach and out of sight of children. Ideally, you should have a medicine cabinet or a designated place in the house where medical supplies are kept.
- Don’t store chemicals, solvents, detergents, or acids in soft drink bottles. If you do, make sure that you label them and store them in a safe place where children cannot get at them.
- Understand the prescription given by your doctor; and follow his/her advice. Don’t self-medicate.
- Every parent and caregiver plays a role in keeping children and teens safe around medicine. So be careful. Write clear instructions for caregivers. When another person is giving your child medicine, write clear instructions about what medicine to give, when to give it and how much to give.