There are an increasing number of kids that are endings up in the emergency room because of taking prescription drugs. According to the research done, the kids are getting poisoned from the prescription drugs.
The findings prove that powerful painkillers and sedatives that includes sleep aids and muscle relaxants are the cause of the rising poisoning accident, and that the poisonings usually happen when kids get their hands on the medications themselves — not when parents give them too much by fault.
Dr. Michael Rieder, a pediatrician and pharmacology researcher at the University of Western Ontario in
Dr. Eric Lavonas, from the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, also not linked to the new work, says the adults must need to of a better of keeping children and medicines away from each other in the home.
Dr. G. Randall Bond commands a group of researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio, collected data from all calls made to U.S. poison control centers from emergency rooms following the time when kids swallowed a medication.
Between 2001 and 2008, they computed around 544,000 visits in kids five and younger — 454,000 of which could be restrained on a single drug.
Most kids who went to the ER did not get sick. However, there were 66 deaths during the whole study period, according to conclusions published in The Journal of Pediatrics.
Over that time, the number of kids going to the ER with accidental poisoning increased to 30 percent, and hospitalizations and injuries also became more ordinary.
That is likely because there are a lot more prescription drugs in each home — including opioid painkillers, and diabetes and blood pressure medications.
Commonly, the kids get poisoned because they are getting their hands on the prescription drugs rather than given by an adult as a mistake. Drugs such as sedatives and opioid painkillers, including oxycodone, as well as heart drugs are the main cause for the most trip to the hospital because of prescription drugs.
Children taking diabetes drugs were among in the highest list of accidental poisoning. Half of kids who took diabetes drugs kept for observation, and one in five had an average or serious injury, as a result.
Bond said medicines that are accessible today are more powerful than in the past, meaning a single dose could pose more threat to a young child.
Lavonas said that there are a few basic rules, which can help prevent an accidental poisoning. First rule is to store the entire medicines to a place that could not be reaching by children. The second rule is to put the medicine away once that you got finished using it.