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Cosmetic Products Send a Child to the ER Every Two Hours, Study Finds
Jun 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC (June 19, 2019) - As a new study shows, common household items can be dangerous to infants and children.

“Simple steps to make your home kid-friendly could prevent accidents or possibly save a life,” said Vidor Friedman, MD, FACEP, President of ACEP. “Storing personal care products out of a child's reach is a start. Keep large appliances unplugged and out of reach, store medicines up and away, and avoid leaving small objects or choking hazards in places where they could end up in a child’s mouth. Accidents happen fast, but you can put some safeguards in place to protect your kids.”

Some of the ways you can childproof your home:

  • Place small objects or choking hazards (such as marbles and coins) in locked drawers. 
  • Keep medicines in locked cabinets and use child resistant medicine bottles. 
  • Store sharp objects in locked drawers or cabinets or on high shelves that children cannot reach. 
  • Get rid of blind cords and use cordless blinds. 
  • Use child resistant knobs on doors that lead to the exterior of the house. 

Develop safe habits:

  • Always cook on the back burner of the stove. 
  • Keep hot liquids, food or pots out of children’s reach. 
  • Never hold children while drinking a hot beverage.
  • Be sure to close baby gates when children are at the top of the stairs. 
  • Never leave a small child unattended in the bathtub. 
  • Always pay close attention anytime children are near water, whether a pool or body of water. 

Contact to speak with an emergency physician about the dangers lurking in your home.

Read more: Childproofing Lessons Learned Working in the ER

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