According to a new study carried on by Safe Kids Worldwide, the number of children arriving at a hospital’s ER after ingesting medication has now reached 160 children per day. The study points out that most children brought to the hospital have discovered their grandparent’s secret stash of medication.
Medication poisoning is a serious condition and must be treated as such. Lately, according to a study performed by Safe Kids Worldwide, more and more kids turn up at the local hospital after eating prescription drugs.
The latest numbers show emergency rooms receive and treat no less than 160 children each day due to this condition. Doctor Richard Thomas, one of the physicians working at Primary Kids Hospital’s ER made a few statements about the study.
As a medical profession, the doctor treated countless of medication poisoning cases. He also pointed out that his section handles approximately 4 or 5 cases per week.
When asked about the condition’s severity, the doctor said that medication poisoning is as dangerous as other types of poisoning and that the patient must be brought immediately for treatment.
Thomas also pointed out that the most severe cases of medication poisoning are those involving small children, who ingest either pain relievers or prescription drugs used to manage heart conditions.
Between the two categories of prescription drugs, Doctor Thomas said that the latter is most dangerous. He also added that small children who take one or two heart pills have some pretty nasty symptoms.
These cases must be dealt with the utmost promptitude. Furthermore, the doctor added that children who have ingested heart pill usually need around-the-clock medical care and that most of them are brought directly to ICU.
Statistically speaking, the Safe Kids Worldwide has shown that 95 percent of the 5-year-old toddlers who are admitted in the ER for medication poisoning ingested the medicine while their parents were not looking or when they were away from home.
Furthermore, the study also pointed out that a vast percentage of kids who end up with medication poisoning usually obtain these substances from their grandparents’ med stash. Other places where kids get these drugs are unlocked medical cabinets, open purses and adults misplacing their meds.
To counter the high number of cases, the organization has made a few recommendation towards parents. First of all, all meds should be kept under lock and key, preferably out of the child’s reach. Children-resistant packages are also recommended in case you don’t have a med cabinet.
If your child has ingested a pill, don’t wait around for the first symptoms to resurface. Instead, phone the Utah Poison Control Center and follow the instructions.