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:
- Store medicines in a safe location that is too high for young children to reach or see.
- 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.
- Always relock the safety cap on a medicine bottle. If it has a locking cap that turns, twist it until you hear the click.
- Tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them.
- Never tell children medicine is candy so they’ll take it, even if your child does not like to take his or her medicine.
- 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.
- 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 :
- 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.
- Set a daily reminder for yourself. For example, you could send yourself and email or set the alarm on your watch or cell phone.
- Take your medicine or vitamins at the same time every day, if possible.
- Use a medicine log to keep track each time you take or give medicine.