Toddlers, Teens Most at Risk for Medicine Poisonings

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This week is National Poison Prevention Week.

Nearly half of the 1.34 million calls to poison centers each year are for potential medical poisonings among kids.

That’s over 1,100 calls to poison centers every day specifically about kids getting their hands on medicine they’re not supposed to.

A new report from Safe Kids Worldwide, in partnership with the American Association of Poison Control Centers, finds that toddlers and teens are the most at risk for medicine poisonings.

For children under four, the typical pattern is picking up things laying around the house.

The most common medicines they get into are ibuprofen, multivitamins and diaper care and rash products.

These are all items parents are less attentive to keeping out of reach, but experts say these over-the-counter products can be just as harmful if taken the wrong way.

For teens, it’s about simple mistakes when they are managing their own medicine, like forgetting to take medicine and then doubling up, taking two medicines with the same ingredient, and taking the wrong medicine.

Teens are more than six times greater to have a serious outcome than kids because they’re making mistakes on more serious medicines, like those for managing mental health.

Awareness is key. Experts say to just take a second to look around and see what is within your child’s reach.
A new study suggests that kids who breast-feed longer end up smarter and more educated as adults.

Researchers say children who breast-feed for a year scored nearly four points higher on IQ tests than those who suckled for less than a month.

The study links that intelligence to the presence of fatty acids in breast milk that aid in brain development.

The study also revealed that children who breast-fed longer made more money and had more schooling.
Recess is an essential part of children’s school days that can help them be successful once they head back to the classroom.

Stanford University researchers studied six low-income elementary schools that implemented a recess-based program designed to encourage a safe healthy environment.

Full-time coaches were sent to improve the recess programs, and coaches, teachers the principal and student focus groups were interviewed.

They found good recess programs rely on adult supervision and guidance, and 89 percent of the teachers surveyed saw an improvement in recess organization once the coaches were sent in to offer support.

In addition, high-quality recess programs appeared to foster an environment that helps prevent conflicts and bullying as well as other positive effects on the students.

A set of guidelines for supervised recess have been established by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Researchers caution many schools are cutting back on recess and this could have unintended negative consequences on students.

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