Poison Control

Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe

Medicine Maneuvers: Store medicines in locked or safety-latched cabinets, even if the containers have child-resistant caps. Never refer to a medication as candy, which could make it more tempting, and don't take your own pills in front of little ones, who might imitate you. When you have guests, ask them to keep toiletries out of your child's reach, especially grandparents, who may not use childproof caps.

Household Hints: Store all products in their original containers and in locked cabinets. Never leave an open toxic product out on a floor or a counter, and if the phone or doorbell rings, take your child -- or the product -- with you. If you live in a home that was built before 1978, have it tested for lead paint.

Copyright © 2001 Daphne Sashin. Reprinted with permission from the May 2001 issue of Parents magazine.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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