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    Keeping Your Kids Safe In Relation to Medications

    If you have children then you may have thought about what you need to do in order to keep them safe when you have medication in the house.  You will not be able to eliminate all medication from your home and it will not be realistic to think that you can.  However, there are some things that you can do in order to help ensure that you and your family will remain safe, even when you do have these medications around.  If you take the time to consider some of the following tips and tricks, you will be completely amazed at how much safer your children will be in your home.

    Tips to Follow:

    1.)     Most individuals will tell you that you should always keep your medication locked up.  However, many people do not do that.  Therefore, it is very important to re-evaluate your home.  Take the time to look at where your medications are located.  Can your children reach them?  Do they have access to them?  If you can answer yes to these two questions, you will want to make sure that you are moving your medications to a location where they cannot be reached by your children, or you will need to invest in a lock that you can place on the cabinet doors.

    2.)    If you have medication separated out in weekly pill bottles, you will want to make sure that those are kept up high and out of reach of your children.  This is really important because children are not safe with these medications just because they are in a container.  Many of the containers are not safety sealed and your children are able to get them open.  Therefore, if you take the time to organize your medications in this manner, you will want to make sure that they are out of reach and locked.

    3.)    Talk to your children about medications and pills. Explain to them what they should do if they find medication or pills lying around the house.  Let them know that they should give it to an adult immediately and they should never put them in their mouth.  They should also be informed of the fact that they need to contact you immediately if they have taken something and they are not sure what it is.

    4.)    Many teens are now taking their parents and grandparents medication as a way to get high.  This is becoming very common but it is also very dangerous.  So, you need to talk to your children about the dangers that are associated with taking medications that they are not prescribed.  There is absolutely no reason why this should be a discussion that is placed on the back burner in any home.  Your children should also full understand the importance of notifying you when they see a friend taking medications that they are not prescribed as well.