Posted on 3/28/2016
Caring for young children means taking extra precautions in everything
from administering medications properly to childproofing every room of
the home. Despite taking these precautions, accidents can still occur.
That’s why the children’s emergency care team at Sunrise Children’s
Hospital of Las Vegas is available 24/7 to
respond to unexpected medication overdoses.
Prevent Access to Medications
When pediatrics specialists treat children who suffer from medication poisoning,
it’s often as a result of unintentional access to the drugs. Make
sure everyone in the household knows to keep all medications, eye drops,
medicated creams, and similar products out of reach of children. If you
expect houseguests or have the grandparents over to babysit, don’t
hesitate to ask whether they have any medications that your children might
Discuss Medication Safety
Educating children about medication safety can begin at a young age. Firstly,
pediatrics specialists strongly urge parents to never refer to medications
as candy. Even though it can be helpful to convince an obstinate child
to take a prescribed medication, it may later lead to dangerous medication
poisoning. Instead, emphasize to your children that although medications
can be helpful when someone isn’t feeling well, they should only
be given by a parent or authorized caregiver.
Administer Medications Carefully
Children respond to medications differently than adults. In the video featured
here, a children’s hospital doctor explains how he adjusts anti-nausea
medications for children based on their weight. Even when an over-the-counter
drug is formulated for children; however, it’s always best to consult
a pediatrician before administering it. Follow the pediatrician’s
instructions carefully to prevent an accidental overdose.
Dispose of Drugs Properly
Avoid leaving unused or expired medications in the medicine cabinet where
children could access them. Instead, you can ask your pharmacist about
medication take-back programs. Or, place the medication in a plastic bag
along with unappealing things like coffee grounds or kitty litter. Seal
the bag and dispose of it in the trash.
In the event of an accidental overdose,
Sunrise Children’s Hospital is always available to help your child feel well again. In addition to
providing children’s emergency care for families in the Las Vegas
area, our children’s hospital offers a full suite of pediatrics.
Call (702) 233-5437 to speak with one of our registered nurses.