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Study: ER visits for accidental medication poisoning in kids up 30 percent

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A new medical report shows ER visits for accidental medication poisoning in kids is up 30 percent.

Kids aren't just getting medications from a medicine cabinet. Instead they're finding them on the floor, a purse, and even in between couch cushions.

HyVee Staff Pharmacist Erin McSwiggin says parents should store their meds where kids can't see them.

"Even the smallest doses of medication can be fatal or it can make the kid wind up in the hospital," McSwiggin said. "What might be a normal dosage for an adult can be too much for a little child."

They also say not to refer to medicine as "candy."

"if you refer to medicine as candy it might get them to take the medicine more easily but then they might not understand the difference between medicine and real candy and if they see the medicine sitting out on the counter where they can reach it, they can get into it," McSwiggin said.

You should also make sure that all of your child's caregivers keep medications out of sight and out of reach.

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