Your Healthy Family

Mar 13, 2014 4:21 PM by Annie Snead, NBC

Your Healthy Family: Child Poisoning Statistics

Every eight minutes, a young child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning and more than three-quarters of these ER visits are because children got into a parent's or grandparent's medicine.
The alarming statistics are in a new report from Safe Kids Worldwide.
The report also offers insight into why kids are getting into medicine nearly 500-thousand times a year.
An increasing number of children are being cared for by their grandparents, who are much more likely to have prescription medication in their homes.
Safe Kids Worldwide advises adults to keep medicine out of reach of children and be aware of pills stored in places like nightstands, countertops and purses.
Caregivers of young children are advised to program the number for poison control into their phone in case of emergency.
That number is 1-800-222-1222.

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