Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceuticals include any medication for which a prescription is issued.  Many of these drugs look nearly identical to other drugs, or even candy, and their bright colors and shiny surface can be enticing to little ones.

Prevent

  • Keep all medication away from children in a locked cabinet.

 

  • Never leave medication in cups or dishes.  It makes them look like candy to curious children.

 

  • Keep all medications in their original packaging and make sure caps are closed tightly after each use.

 

  • Never call medication "candy".  It sends the wrong message to kids.

 

  • Never give your child medication that had been prescribed to someone else.

 

  • Keep a list of all medications you take and their dosage in the event of an accidental poisoning.

Treat

  • Call Poison Control Center immediately.  

 

  • DO NOT try to make the child vomit, or give anything by mouth to dilute it.

 

  • Make sure you have the exact name and dosage of the drug that was swallowed.

 

  • DO NOT give Syrup of Ipecac (to induce vomiting) unless and until you are directed to do so by the Poison Control Center.

 

  • If instructed to make child vomit, DO NOT use fingers or any other objects.  Syrup of Ipecac is the only safe method to do this.

Call Poison Control

1-800-222-1222

The Poison Control Center is a poisoning emergency information service staffed by nurses, pharmacists and doctors.  They will answer your questions about what to do in the event of a poisoning, and can offer suggestions for the proper use and storage of pharmaceuticals and chemicals in the home.

All calls are free and completely confidential.