Children's Medication Overdose

Friday, May 18, 2012

The high prevalence of medication use increases the potential for medication overdoses, especially among children. Dr. Edward Hill discusses childrens medication overdoses in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

When children have access to a parent, sibling or grandparents medicines, it can be an accident waiting to happen.

A young childs instinct to put things in his mouth and natural curiosity may kick in. Both of these situations can lead to medication poisonings in children.

Each year, more than 60,000 American children ages 5 and under are treated in the emergency room after getting into medications.

Over the last 25 years, the poisoning death rate among American children ages 14 and under has steadily dropped. But during this same time period, the number of poisoning deaths linked to accidental medication poisoning has almost doubled.

A Safe Kids report suggests that 95 percent of unintentional medication overdose visits to emergency rooms are caused by a young child who got into a medicine while a parent or caregiver wasnt looking. Five percent are caused by dosing errors made by caregivers.

Safe storage and safe dosing of medications are the keys to safe kids.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.