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Tips for parents & caregivers on how to keep kids safe around medicine

Inform families of these 5 medicine safety tips
1 Keep all medicine out of children’s reach and sight, even medicine that family members take every day. Kids are naturally curious and can easily get into things, like medicine and vitamins, if they are kept in places within their reach.
2 Remember child-resistant packaging is not child-proof. While a child-resistant medicine container can slow down a child trying to open it, it is not childproof. So remind parents & caregivers to put medicine away after every use, even if they need to give another dose in a few hours.
3 Keep medicine safety on the child-proofing checklist. As a child learns new skills and becomes more mobile, families should anticipate that they may need to continue to assess and change where they keep medicine.
4 Advise parents & caregivers to save the Poison Help number in their phones: 1-800-222-1222. Specialists at poison control centers provide free, confidential, expert medical advice 24 hours a day. They help with poison emergencies and can also answer questions about medicine.
5 Share medicine safety information with family and friends. When kids are with other caregivers or visiting another home, it is important that adults know how to keep kids safe around medicine.

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