Safe Family: Keeping meds out of kids' reach

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

It's the season for the cold and flu, and parents have to be careful to make sure the medicine you give your children is safely out of their reach. Here's Ryan Loyd with our Safe Family report.

Coughs and colds are running rampant right now, so parents are protecting children with doctor's visits and plenty of medicine, but after they take their dosage, make sure you put it up and out of their reach.

"even with safety caps, if they play with it long enough, they could get it open," says Jana Bennett at The Medicine Shoppe

As a way to get children to take medicine, companies used to make it more candy-flavored. Parents could entice their children to take the medicine with that tactic, but it’s not a good idea because children could accidentally overdose.

"Medicine is supposed to taste bad, that's just the way it's supposed to be."

Many medicine bottles now come in easy-open bottles for people like the elderly who have a hard time getting to their medicine. That's even more reason to keep the medicine out of sight and out of mind.

Different medications have very different effects and could really take its toll on kids, especially because their bodies are very small.

"Medicine like aspirin can be toxic if taken in large amounts."

For tips on keeping your medicines out of your children’s reach, check the related links below.

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