Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety
Parents play a critical role in helping their tweens learn about the responsible use of OTC medicines. With approximately 10,000 kids under age 18 visiting emergency departments every year due to errors from self-administering OTC medications2, it is important for parents and guardians to discuss the safe use and storage of OTC medicines with their tweens. The OTC Medicine Safety program equips parents, teachers, and guardians with the necessary materials to help facilitate these critical discussions.
Below are the Top Six tips from the OTC Medicine Safety program that are helpful as parents discuss self-administration, safe use, and storage of OTC medicines with their kids:
- Be sure to read & follow the medicine label every time
- Be sure never to share your medicine with someone else or use someone else's medicine
- Remember to always use the dosing device that comes with the medicine
- Take only one medicine at a time with the same active ingredient
- Store all medicines up & away and out of reach and sight
- Be sure to only take medicines with the permission and guidance from a parent or trusted adult.
The OTC Medicine Safety program includes resources and engaging educational activities specifically designed for parents and teachers of tweens to increase knowledge of OTC medicine safety and responsible use. The program places special emphasis on the message that tweens should only take OTC medications with the permission and supervision of parents or guardians. Please visit scholastic.com/OTCmedsafety for tips on how to discuss OTC Medicine Safety.
The program offers resources that have been customized for teachers, nurses, families, and communities, in addition to offering several extra resources to enhance learning, like videos, a digital story book, an interactive Home Hazards game, and a family guide.
Download the "what's on the label" poster here.
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