Medication Poison Prevention Tips

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Store medications out of your child’s sight and reach.
  • Do not leave medicines in your purse, an unlocked kitchen or bathroom cabinet or a kitchen or bedside table.
  • Read labels to find out what can be poisonous. Keep those things separate from toothpaste, soap and other things you use every day.
  • Never leave medicines or potentially poisonous household products unattended while you are using them.
  • Do not leave out loose pills.
  • Buy child-resistant packages when available. Keep products in their original packages to avoid confusion.
Be safe when giving medicines to your children.
  • Always read labels, follow directions and give medicines to children based on their weights and ages. Only use the dispensers packaged with children’s medications.
  • Avoid confusion by keeping all medicines and potentially poisonous household products in their original packages.
  • Do not take medicine or vitamins in front of kids, involve children as helpers with your medication or call medicines candy.
  • Tell grandparents and friends about avoiding medication poisoning when your family visits their homes.
Learn the toll-free Nationwide Poison Control center number (1-800-222-1222) or keep it near every phone.
  • If you suspect your child has been poisoned, take the product to the phone and call 1-800-222-1222If your child has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911.
  • Poison control centers offer fast, free, confidential help in English and Spanish. Most poisonings are resolved over the phone. The number works from anywhere in the United States 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Follow the operator’s instructions.
  • Do not make the child vomit or give him anything unless directed.
 Oregon Poison Center
For All Poison Emergencies & Information Call 1-800-222-1222

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