Accidental Child Poisoning: A growing Epidemic

Posted by Sarah Showard | Feb 01, 2012 | 0 Comments


The Journal of Pediatrics recently published a study showing thtat over the past decade increasing numbers of young children have been hospitalized or injured due to accidental poisoning from prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications.  The majority of the cases involved unintentional self-ingestion for example where a child finds pills from an open container prescrived to a bparent or family member.  Fewer cases were a result of errors in dosing.  If you have young children in your home take precautions to ensure that the children cannot accidently ingest your medications.  Medication bottles should include child-resistant caps and be kept in a locked container box or cabinet.  If you transfer your pills to a pill-minder container make sure it is safely secured and outside of the reach of children.  If you see a child accidently ingest a prescription or OTC medication immediately contact your local poison-control center and the chiild's health car provider.  if the child appears to be having a serious reaction call 911 immediately. 

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Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Womens Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorne...


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