1. Keep all medicines out of sight and out of reach
✓ Do store medicines at least 1.5 metres above the ground where they cannot be seen. The best place is in a cupboard with a child-proof latch.
✗ Do not leave medicines on a counter or table. Children may try to climb up if they see them.
Some medicines need to be kept in the fridge. Put them in a plastic container with a tightly fitting lid. Try to keep them towards the back of the top shelf, not in the fridge door shelves.
2. Know how to give medicines safely
✓ Do use the measuring cup, dropper or syringe that came with the medicine, or ask the pharmacist for one.
✗ Do not use a household spoon or cup to measure out a liquid medicine.
Young children’s bodies are small. Even a small mistake in how much medicine you give them can be harmful instead of helpful.
3. Don’t let children see you taking medicines
✗ Do not take medicines in front of young children. They like to copy adults.
If you keep medicines in a handbag, put it in a safe place, especially when visiting homes where there are young children.
4. Store medicines safely after use
✓ Do put medicines back in a safe place immediately after use. Make sure any caps or lids are properly closed, and that cupboard doors are shut securely.
5. Dispose of expired or unused medicines
✓ Do take any unused and out-of-date medicines to a pharmacy for free and safe disposal.
✗ Do not put them in your rubbish bin, down the sink or flush them down the toilet.