Medicines and vitamins help families feel well and stay well but children are curious; to keep them safe, parent and caregivers must practice safe medicine storage. All medicines and vitamins should always be kept up and away and out of your child’s reach and sight – every time they are used.

The following tips can help:

  1. Store medicines in a safe location that is too high for young children to reach or see.
  2. Never leave medicine or vitamins out on a kitchen counter or at a sick child’s bedside, even if you have to give the medicine again in a few hours.
  3. Always relock the safety cap on a medicine bottle. If it has a locking cap that turns, twist it until you hear the click.
  4. Tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them.
  5. Never tell children medicine is candy so they’ll take it, even if your child does not like to take his or her medicine.
  6. Remind babysitters, houseguests, and visitors to keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicines in them up and away and out of sight when they are in your home.
  7. Program the poison control center number into your home and cell phones so you will have it when you need it.

National Poison Center Office Hours: 1-800-88-8099 (Mon-Fri: 8.10am-5.10pm)
After Office Hours: +6012-430 9499
National Pharmacy Call Centre (24-hours): 03-2615 5136

To help remember to take your medicines or vitamins when they are no longer out in plain view, use the following tips :

  1. Write note to yourself, and put the note somewhere you will see it. Example include the family bulletin board, refrigerator, bathroom mirror or next to your keys.
  2. Set a daily reminder for yourself. For example, you could send yourself and email or set the alarm on your watch or cell phone.
  3. Take your medicine or vitamins at the same time every day, if possible.
  4. Use a medicine log to keep track each time you take or give medicine.