Shocking Facts on Accidental Medicine Ingestion, Plus Tips for Parents on Safe Medicine Storage

by Melanie Edwards on June 24, 2013

in Parenting

Keep Medicines Safely Stored Up and Away

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Through our partnership with, we’ve been talking a lot about keeping medicines safely stored up and away and why it’s so important to do so. In an earlier post, I shared just where we keep medicines stored in our house and why this is important not just for our children, but for my dad too. It’s a good thing to remember that medicine safety is important for everyone. It’s also important to remind loved ones caring for our children to store their medicines up and away – they just may not be used to such safety precautions! (Think of upcoming summer sleepovers or vacations your kids may have with relatives.)

As National Safety Month wraps up, the #MedsUpAway program continues to educate parents on medicine safety and encourage the safe storage of medicines. They continue to do this because astonishingly, tons of children throughout the U.S. are seen in hospital emergency rooms every day due to accidental medicine ingestion – about four busloads of children to be more precise! (Info provided by Isn’t that crazy? I would have never imagined there was such a high number of accidents on a daily basis.

I know it can be really easy to forget a bottle of medicine on your nightstand, kitchen counter, or other easily accessible spot. In fact, you may purposely leave it there so that you can remember to take the medicine (or give to your child), but the fact is that the risk for an accident is too great and just not worth it. To help you remember to take/give medicines, while keeping them safely stored, suggests setting a reminder on your phone, or simply posting a note in a visible area.

Here is more information on the surprising statistics regarding accidental medicine ingestion, plus 4 helpful tips for parents to remember taking their medicines while keeping them safely stored. (Click on each infographic image to view full size.)

Did You Know? Accidental Medicine Ingestion Statistics

Did You Know? Accidental Medicine Ingestion Statistics

4 Simple Tips for Parents on Safe Medicine Storage & Remembering Medicine Doses

4 Simple Tips for Parents on Safe Medicine Storage & Remembering Medicine Doses

Disclosure: As part of the CHPA educational foundation’s OTC Safety Ambassador program, I received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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