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Children are arguably our most important resource. Without offspring, it really doesn’t matter how much we invest in technology, or in making our lives comfortable, because we’d be gone in one hundred-odd years. So of course caring for them is our top priority most of the time.
Or at least it should be. And hey, maybe it actually is for most of us, but they’re just particularly talented at getting in trouble. According to a recent study from the charity organization Safe Kids Worldwide, ERs see over 150 children accidental medicine overdoses a day.
Increasing number of meds
As we’re constantly working to improve our comfort, we’ve also kind of fallen into a sort of nasty vicious circle. All the chemicals we’re ingesting for whatever reasons (to make our food taste better, to help us go to sleep at night, etc.) have been causing us to become more sickly then in the olden days.
For this, all we do is ingest even more chemicals, these ones in the form of medicine, to get us back on our feet and to regain our lost comfort. And as medicine progresses, we find that we need more and more of these medications. So today the average household has about three times the amount of medicines it had in the 1980s.
Accidents waiting to happen
This is where the children come in. Kids, particularly when at a young and curious age, tend to like exploring a lot. And be it because parents don’t hide the medicine well enough or because of their explorative spirit, kids usually tend to find them. And as curious as they are, they don’t stop there.
The study about which we’re talking today refers to the fact that every nine minutes a child is treated in United States emergency rooms because of accidental medicine overdoses. That’s more than 150 children every day just in the United States. As many as 95% of these situations take place when parents or caretakers aren’t looking.
Can it be prevented?
Well, there are a lot of things to be done about this, although the number of OD-ing children hasn’t actually decreased in quite a while. First off, you can make sure to hide your medicine well. Put it somewhere where your child has no chance of reaching it.
If you have old enough children, talk to them. Tell them how it’s not safe and how they could get in serious trouble if they aren’t careful. If not, just make something up in order to keep them away from harm’s reach. And last but not least, if you know your child to be adventurous enough, make sure that they don’t get injured trying to reach the forbidden prescription bottles.
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