Prescription medications are dangerous to leave easily accessible with children in the house. Young minds seem to have a particular obsession with bottles that hold capsules, which we can probably thank candy for. A friend of mine currently going through pharmacy technician training just told me that the number one risk for children overdosing from consuming pills is surprising: vitamins. Excessive amounts of iron in the system of a child can lead to coma. It’s imperative that any medicine be placed into a childproof container, especially medicine for the child and most definitely things like children’s vitamins that can be easily mistaken for candy.
After several purchases that broke or seemingly weren’t going to do the job in successfully keeping curious kid hands out, I purchased the Ezy Dose Pharmadose pill organizer on Amazon.com and haven’t regretted it since. Unlike previous childproof containers that were built to withstand nuclear detonation and therefore were essentially adultproof, the Ezy Dose organizer is incredibly difficult for children to crack yet is as simple as snapping a lid open for an adult. It’s compact and they come in a great medical blue color. The displays are easy to see through yet are so compact and seemingly impenetrable they discourage kids from tampering. Even if they do tamper with the Ezy Dose let them because this thing is a tank.
This can be construed as a reason why, despite being the ultimate in child proof pill organizers, the Ezy Dose does lack room for some of the bigger pills and capsules that are out there. This drawback isn’t so bad if you’re using the organizer for a child’s medication which is generally smaller in size, but if the medicine adds up the room runs out. The cost of an Ezy Dose on Amazon is less than 10 bucks however, and if you bought two at once the shipping will cover both, so if you’re serious about getting a child proof pill organizer yet have a lot of pills to organize, I suggest getting two.
What’s perhaps best about the Ezy Dose is that it’s durability and childproofing success is not at the expense of adult convenience. The capsules are easy to get access to with the adjustment of a concealed tab under the blue protective plate, which allows the plastic columns to be pulled out one day at a time or all at once. If you have yourself a child prodigy of sorts who has no problem figuring out how to open such a container, then you can easily turn around and give the pill organizer to an older loved one and not worry about it being too hard for them to figure out.
Overdose is a serious risk for young children if parents don’t safeguard them against the pitfalls of curiosity. Making sure your child gets the right amount of medicine on time every day is important, but so is making sure your child doesn’t take too much medicine or medicine not meant for them. Don’t overestimate your child’s inhibitions and underestimate her ingenuity. Getting a childproof medicine organizer is a great way to make sure you get a chill pill everyday.