Prevent Accidental Overdoses for Young Children

As family members gather for the holidays, it’s a good time to remind guests that all medication needs to be kept away from children.

An increase in the number of accidental overdoses by young children has prompted federal officials to launch an education program that reminds parents to store medicine and vitamins “Up and Away and Out of Sight.”

Health leaders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend medications be placed where children cannot reach or see them. Make sure caps are secured. Do not tell children medicine is candy to encourage them to take it.

Additionally, ask family members and guests in your home not to keep medicines where a child could reach them. Many people put medications in their purse, suitcase or jacket where a child could easily find them.

Every year, one of every 150 two-year-olds winds up in the emergency room for unintentional overdose. The number of accidental overdoses for young people has increased 20 percent in recent years.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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  1. VNSNY

    Please be extra cautious of medications during the holidays. Extended families may not be as aware of keeping medicine out of the reach of small children as Visiting Nurse Service of New York nurse and blogger Sandra McTernan wrote in her blog post. Read what happened and her cautions at

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