A young child’s innate curiosity can be a joy to witness as he or
she explores the world. But as every parent knows all too well, curiosity
can also harm children. When it’s time to childproof your home,
remember to keep all household medications out of reach of your young
children. In the event that a
medication poisoning does occur, parents should know where the nearest emergency care department
is. Parents in Las Vegas can count on MountainView Hospital to provide
timely and high-quality emergency care.
Identify Potential Hazards
Although many parents already know that prescription medications ought
to be kept out of reach of children, many other seemingly harmless items
should also be identified as potential hazards. These can include vitamins,
eye drops, antifungal creams, diaper rash cream, cold remedies, and inhalers.
Even cough drops can be dangerous since very young children may choke on them.
Store Items Safely
All potentially hazardous items should be kept out of reach of children
at all times. Even if parents expect to need a particular item again in
a few hours, it’s essential to store it securely in the meantime.
Parents may wish to place certain items under lock and key.
Use Medications Properly
It’s highly advisable for parents to check with a pediatrician before
giving their child any medications, including over-the-counter drugs such
as cold medications. When a pediatrician does recommend administering
a medication, it’s best to do so with the provided dosage device.
A soup spoon will not necessarily equal a tablespoon and giving too much
of a medication may be harmful.
Prepare for Emergencies
It’s a good idea to post the number for the poison control hotline
by the home phone and on the refrigerator, and to program the number into
cell phones. Parents should make sure all of the child’s caregivers
know where the emergency numbers are located.
For all of life’s medical emergencies,
MountainView Hospital is here to help. Our emergency care team is available 24/7 to respond
to medication overdoses, heart problems, stroke, and other serious medical
conditions. Call 911 or the poison control hotline if your child requires
emergency care; otherwise, you can reach a registered nurse at our facility
in Las Vegas by calling (702) 233-5300.