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National Poison Prevention Week: Keeping your little ones safe

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Every eight minutes a young child goes to the emergency room for poisoning, and most of the time the child got into the parents' or grandparents' medicine.

Poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the leading cause of death from injuries in the U.S., and children under 6 years old account for half the poisonings each year.

During National Poison Prevention Week, doctors want you to know most of these poisonings are preventable.

Researchers with the U.S. Health and Human Services Department say the leading causes of poison exposures among children under age 6 involve cosmetics, household cleaning products and medicines.

Medications and vitamins should always be in a bottle with a childproof cap.

They should be put up, away and out of sight.

You should also avoid keeping them "handy" in a purse, unlocked cabinet or drawer.

Keep laundry products and other cleaning items in their original container with their original label intact.

Encourage other family members to follow the same precautions because 20 percent of pediatric poisonings involve a grandparent's medication.

If you suspect a child has ingested a medication or toxic substance call 911.

LINK: Click here for more tips to prevent poisoning from the CDC

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