Pet medications pose a threat to kids, study says

There are many things in kids’ environment that can pose a threat to them from cleaners and sharp objects to medications and chemicals. This talks about pet medication in particular. Many people keep this around. After reading this you’ll definitely feel more like securing it out of kids’ reach. It is a very good idea to do this. It will keep your kids much safer.

Key Takeaways:

  • A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that many households don’t safeguard pets’ medicines, which can unintentionally end up in the hands and mouths of young children.
  • The Central Ohio Poison Center received 1,431 calls about children exposed to veterinary medications from 1999 to 2013, the study found. More than 87% of the calls were about children younger than 5.
  • The study found that most cases didn’t result in a serious medical effect: About 6% were referred to a health care facility, and two resulted in a “moderate health effect,” including a 3-year-old who ingested a preventive heartworm medication for dogs and a 9-month-old who ingested doxepin.

“The Central Ohio Poison Center received 1,431 calls about children exposed to veterinary medications from 1999 to 2013, the study found. More than 87% of the calls were about children younger than 5.”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/06/health/pet-medication-poison-kids-study/index.html

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