Preventing accidental poisoning when it comes to kids

CNN VAN Every day in the United States, more than 300 children are treated in emergency rooms because of accidental poisoning.
That means nearly 60,000 kids are accidentally poisoned each year by medicine.
The group, Safe Kids Worldwide, surveyed caregivers about storing medications in the home and found that for many parents -- knowledge doesn't translate into behavior.

"Nine out of ten parents agree that medicines should be kept up and away, out of sight for kids. However, seven out of ten parents report keeping medicine on a counter or on a ledge where kids can easily access them," said Dr. Marcee White of Children’s National Medical Center.

The most common reason given was having too much to do and too little time.

Experts say eye-catching colors can appeal to children looking like candy or something appetizing to a child.

It’s recommended that parents and caregivers follow a simple rule every time: make sure that you store all medications - over-the counter medications, prescription drugs, vitamins and supplements up high and out of sight and out of reach after every single use.

That means nearly 60,000 kids are accidentally poisoned each year by medicine.

The group, Safe Kids Worldwide, surveyed caregivers about storing medications in the home and found that for many parents -- knowledge doesn't translate into behavior.

"Nine out of ten parents agree that medicines should be kept up and away, out of sight for kids. However, seven out of ten parents report keeping medicine on a counter or on a ledge where kids can easily access them," said Dr. Marcee White of Children’s National Medical Center.

The most common reason given was having too much to do and too little time.

Experts say eye-catching colors can appeal to children looking like candy or something appetizing to a child.

It’s recommended that parents and caregivers follow a simple rule every time: make sure that you store all medications - over-the counter medications, prescription drugs, vitamins and supplements up high and out of sight and out of reach after every single use.