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Friday, September 16, 2011

Inadvertent child poisonings 'getting worse'

The number of young children being poisoned after inadvertently ingesting over-the-counter or prescription medications has risen dramatically in recent years, say U.S. researchers, and that trend is likely being mirrored in Canada.

A study by the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center found that visits to U.S. emergency departments due to medication poisonings of children five and under rose 28 per cent between 2001 and 2008 — and 95 per cent were due to kids getting into the drugs on their own. Storage devices and child-resistant closures need to be improved to prevent accidental poisoning, an emergency medicine doctor says.Storage devices and child-resistant closures need to be improved to prevent accidental poisoning, an emergency medicine doctor says.

"The problem of pediatric medication poisoning is getting worse, not better," said principal investigator Dr. Randall Bond, an emergency medicine physician at the hospital. "More children are exposed, more are seen in emergency departments, more are admitted to hospitals and more are harmed each year." more