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Parents, Caretakers And Grandparents To Blame For Child Poisonings

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Parents, Caretakers And Grandparents To Blame For Child Poisonings

2020-02-13 16:10:431 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

More than half of children under age five poisoned by pills ate them after an adult removed the childproof packaging. The deadly medications frequently ingested by children include those used to treat diabetes or cardiac conditions. A new study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, analyzed the reasons behind 4,496 calls to poison centers. The study found that when adults take meds out of tough-to-open containers they are putting kids at risk. According to CNN, some 50,000 emergency room visits occur per year due to kids swallowing dangerous pills. The CDC suggests always keeping your pills in their original containers and not removing any safety features. They also recommend keeping the national Poison Control hotline number -- (800) 222-1222 -- in your phone.

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