Over-the-counter (OTC) medicine can be used to make children feel better. However, parents or other caregivers may give the wrong dose, or children may find and take medicine by accident. In fact, 60,000 children are taken to emergency rooms each year because they consumed medicine that was easily accessible. It is important for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers to know how to use and store OTC medicines to keep children safe.
Read More About Safe OTC Use in Children:
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Safe Medicine Storage for Grandparents -- Information for grandparents about how to safely store medicine out of the reach of children.
Safe Medicine Storage for Parents -- Information for parents about how to safely store medicine out of the reach of children.
Safe Medicine Storage for Travel & Children -- Information about how to safely store medicine out of the reach of children when you are on vacation.
Safe OTC Medicine Disposal -- Information about how to safely dispose of expired medicine.
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This information provides a general overview and may not apply to everyone. Talk to your family doctor to find out if this information applies to you and to get more information on this subject.