Teaching your kids about medication safety is very important, but often overlooked. It is a discussion all parents or guardians should have with their children. As a parent, it’s your job to make sure your children are safe from harm even though sometimes accidents happen.
Teach your child about when and how prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medicines should be taken. Also, teach them how to properly store and dispose of meds. This will help reduce the risk of accidents in your home.
What Your Kids Needs to Know About Medication Safety
Teach your child that medicine should always be given by an adult. It’s important for kids to know that they should not take medicine on their own. Parents and caregivers can help make sure they are taking it correctly.
In addition, don’t refer to medicine as candy. While saying medicine is candy may make it easier to get your child to take medicine. It may encourage them to try it on their own.
Moreover, model responsible medication behavior. What your kids see you doing is a much stronger message than what you tell them to do. Make sure to store medicine out of reach of children. Read drug facts and prescription labels before taking medicine and follow the right dose.
Furthermore, educate your pre-teens and teens on how to read an over-the-counter drug facts or prescription label. Take the time to teach them about each section of a drug facts label and its purpose. This ensures medication safety.
Additionally, communicate to kids the importance of only taking medicine that is meant for them. Taking medicine that belongs to someone else or misusing medicine (even OTCs) can cause harm.
Also, each your child that medicine labels are rules, not guidelines. Be sure your child knows that taking more than the recommended dose will not help them get relief any faster, and it could hurt them.
Last but not the least, check in with your pre-teens and teens and talk about medicine that they are taking regularly. Even kids who need to take medicine daily may make errors in dose or dosing frequency. Therefore, it is important to communicate with them regularly about taking medicine responsibly. All these leads to medication safety practices at home.