Family 411 - Medication safety for kids
SIOUXLAND NEWS —
Your medicine cabinet can be a danger zone if your children aren't clear about what's in there, who it’s meant for and when it's used.
So, how do you start the conversation to keep your little ones safe?
Playtime at the Hardin house is serious business, so is any time the three sisters take medicine, even vitamins.
The Hardin girls line up for what looks a lot like candy, but they know it's not.
Their dad, Jason, says the same care and concern goes for medicine.
"They know not to get in the medicine cabinet first-of-all,” said Jason.
Drug and alcohol counselor Bob Bailor says parents should talk to children about medicine in ways they can understand.
"It's better for you to make clear that there are some good things and some harmful things, than for their imaginations to take over or for them to experiment,” said Bailor.
He suggests to look for openings to begin the conversation, like when they see you take medicine.
"That this is helping me to get better, but I never use this beyond the requirements the doctor has said,” said Bailor.
Quinn started taking chewable allergy pills four years ago.
"I'm allergic to cats and everything outside,” said Quinn Hardin, one of Jason’s girls.
So, since dad takes the same medication, he makes sure Quinn knows the differences between his and hers.
"Daddy's pills are square, yours are round,” said Jason. “We let her know that mine is probably a lot stronger than hers.”
The Hardin girls understand the reasons behind the “do's” and “don’ts.”
"It's dangerous and kids shouldn't really play with it,” said Quinn.
This leaves any worry or concern to mom and dad, that way the kids can focus on just being kids.
Bailor says parents should stick to the allotted time and amount for the medication as well, so children will understand what “doctor's orders” mean and keep the medicine out of reach.