Experts: Medicines pose poison threat to kids

September 17, 2010 2:36:59 PM PDT
Parents often work hard to keep household cleaners, chemicals and pesticides out of the reach of children.But health experts say the most dangerous threat of poisoning comes from the medicine cabinet.

The Centers for Disease Control, CDC, says two of every three pediatric poisonings that result in an emergency room visit are caused by medication overdoses. In fact, it's double the rate of poisonings from things such as cleaning substances and pesticides.

Nearly 10 percent of al poisonings of children under the age of 5 involve common painkillers.

Experts say, to protect children, over-the-counter medications should be kept in a locked cabinet out of a child's reach.