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"There is nothing more important than the safety of your child"

October, 2013
In This Issue

Baby Zone & Beyond LLC is dedicated to providing information for emergency care until trained medical help arrives.  
In that spirit, it is our mission to bring you newsletter topics that are relevant to child & family safety and wellness. 

Remember to keep your CPR and First Aid training up to date. Don't wait for a tragedy or near-tragic event to take these all important life-saving classes.    



Have a great and safe month. 

Geraldine Hickey, RN
Owner, Baby Zone & Beyond, LLC

Nearly 1 in 4 grandparents store prescription medicines where children can easily find them.

Grandma comes to visit. Your 2 year old finds her pocketbook and pulls out a container that is filled with what looks like candy to her. It's grandmas' antihypertensive medication. Somehow she's able to open the childproof top. You find her with the medication spread out all over the floor.

Unintentional poisonings from medicines cause more emergency room visits for young children each year than do car accidents.
One key reason may be that nearly 1 of every 4 grandparents say that they store prescription medicines in easy-access places, according to a poll.

The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health  asked parents and grandparents of children aged 1 to 5 years about the presence of medicines in their homes and how they are stored.
The poll results showed 23 percent of grandparents and 5 percent of parents reported storing prescription medicine in easy-to-access places, including daily-dose boxes that children can open. Eighteen percent of grandparents and 8 percent of parents said they store over-the-counter medicines in easily accessible spots.


"Every 10 minutes a young child in the U.S. is taken to the emergency room because of possible poisoning from swallowing a prescription medicine or over-the-counter medicine," says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.


"Emergency room visits for accidental poisonings among young children have become much more frequent in the last decade.  


The most common type of prescription in an accidental ingestion for young children is an opiate medicine, such as a morphine-related painkiller. The most common types of over-the-counter medicines that prompts emergency room visits for possible poisonings among young children include acetaminophen, used to reduce fever.


To keep children safe, parents and grandparents are generally urged to:

  • check around your homes to make sure that medicines are safely stored out of reach  
  • consider products you might not think as medication such as diaper rash remedies, ear drops, eye drops, vitamins, etc.
  • keep medicine safely out of reach of young children, in child-proof containers.
  • Be alert to visitors' medicine.
    Well-meaning visitors may not be thinking about the medicines they have brought with them in their belongings. When you have guests in your home, offer to put purses, bags and coats out of reach of children to protect their property from a curious child. (In 43% of cases, the medicine a child got into belonged to a relative, such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent.)
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Halloween safety tips




Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Take a few precautions to keep it safe.







  • Secure hats and headgear so they don't slip over your child's eyes and obstruct vision.
  • If trick-or-treating after dusk children should have reflective tape on their costumes and carry flashlights. 
  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Parents can do the cutting. Under parents' supervision, children ages 5 to 10 can carve with pumpkin cutters equipped with safety bars. 
  • Create a costume from fire-retardant material. If you are going to purchase a costume, buy one that is flame-resistant.
  • Make sure the costume is short enough so that children don't trip.
  • Keep lighted pumpkins out of the reach of small children and never leave unattended. Votive candles are safest for candle-lit pumpkins.
  • Inspect candy wrappers to ensure they were not tampered with.
  • Get rid of choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.
  • Remove any tripping hazards outside your front door. 
  • Make sure outdoor lights are working. 
  • Sweep away wet leaves from sidewalks and steps.

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Have a safe & fun month.


Geraldine Hickey, RN
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