Every responsible parent spends considerable time childproofing the home
before bringing the new arrival home from the hospital. But
effective childproofing is actually an ongoing task. Long after your child begins walking and
climbing, you’ll need to be vigilant about keeping hazardous items
like medications away from his or her reach. It only takes a few seconds
for serious poisoning to occur. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose,
our emergency care services can help kids from San Jose recover after
Identify the Hazards
Prescription medications are a common hazard for children, even when the
medication is prescribed to them. But there are many other hazardous products
that children might be tempted to investigate, including vitamins, herbal
supplements, and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Cough syrup, inhalers,
eye drops, and even diaper rash creams are all potential hazards.
Keep Containers Sealed
The first step in preventing a visit to the emergency care department
is to keep all containers tightly sealed. Turn the cap on a pill bottle
until it locks into place. Screw on lids of vitamin supplement containers tightly.
Place Items Out of Reach
After ensuring that each hazardous item is tightly sealed, place these
items in a place where your child cannot access them. Children are naturally
curious and will often climb on top of toilet seats and counters to investigate
safest way to store medications is to keep them under lock and key. Return each item to the secured location
promptly after each use.
Communicate with Caregivers
If a caregiver must give your child medicine, you should print out detailed
instructions regarding when to administer which medication and how much
of it to administer. Emphasize the importance of storing medications safely
and immediately after each use. Similarly, if a caregiver or house guest
brings their own medications into your home, ask them to store the items
safely during their stay. Leave a list of emergency numbers for caregivers,
including numbers to the local hospital and Poison Control Center.
If your child does access medications or other hazardous products, please
call 911 for emergency care.
Regional Medical Center of San Jose is available 24/7 to treat pediatric health emergencies. For non-emergent
inquiries about our hospital services in San Jose, you can call a registered
nurse at (888) 762-8881.