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Infants highest risk of accidental drug ingestion

Children under 4 years have been identified to be a very high risk of taking medications left within arms reach at home, which often leads to hospitalization. Taking medications or being given drugs in error by guardians is a more common cause of accidents than injuries sustained by young children. The majority of unintentional drug ingestions were prescription medications, with anti-epileptic, anti-hypertensive, antidepressant and diabetic drugs requiring treatment at a hospital. In one year, a reported 35 infants died of drug poisoning, with more than half a million children under 6 documented with medication related incidents. Parents and guardians need to be aware of where medications are stored, access to them by a minor and who to contact in case of ingestion.

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About: Infants highest risk of accidental drug ingestion

Date: 12 January 2006

Source: Community

Author: Gail Hayes


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