Tyler, TX — Medicine you keep in your cabinet may look like candy to your children and those child resistant caps in cases are not good enough.
Many kids just don't know any better and never realize and what looks so enticing in that bottle can kill them.
Kids smarter than you think, and when they see candy they are going to eat it. You may give your kids those yummy gummy vitamins which are placed next to cough syrup and pills.
Those bottles with child-resistant caps may not be so safe.
KETK visited Trinity Mother Frances Pediatric Clinic in Tyler, Pediatrician, Melanie Wick tells us,
"The cap may have been designed to slow a child down when opening it, but most kids are pretty smart, and they figure out how to twist open these caps really easily," Dr. Melanie Wick, Pediatrician.
Even if they have been secured appropriately. Report say, there's a 30% increase in the past decade in young kids being accidentally poisoned by common medication.
In 2011, more than 60,000 children were rushed to hospitals for it.
A Pharmacy Manager, David Davis says, it's linked to more parents seeking relief from over the counter medications.
'"Either due to economics not being able to afford to go to the doctor...something of that nature," says David Davis.
He says, that means kids have more access.
"There are more over-the-counter medications in the households now than maybe there were 10,15, 20 years ago," says David Davis.
Dr. Hicks says, if parents aren't sure what their child ingested they need to act fast.
"And you didn't have time to wait for poison control, a trip to the emergency room is a perfectly appropriate step," says Dr. Melanie Wick, Pediatrician.