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The Importance Of Why We Need To Teach Kids Not To Eat What They Find

by | August 11, 2018

What would your child do if they found a sweet on the living room floor? The Importance Of Why We Need To Teach Kids

 

Mom, Milly Smith didn’t know that when opening the medication that she needs to take daily, she had accidentally dropped one on the floor. Not until her 3-year-old son, Eli gave it back to her later on. Something she has always instilled in him to do if he finds ‘sweets’. She posted about it on social media, in the hopes of warning parents just how easy it is for them to get something, that can drastically change everyone’s life. She is highlighting the fact it is important that we need to teach kids about the hidden dangers of our own homes, something as innocent as a dropped medication can have devastating consequences.

 

This highlights how damn important it is to make sure you teach your children to NOT eat things off the floor and to show them to you immediately. Eli has been taught he doesn’t put anything in his mouth from the floor even if he knows it’s a sweet. He ALWAYS has to double check and we reinforce it constantly. – This is a levothyroxine tablet for a thyroid disorder I have and strong enough to put Eli in intensive care. I am the most careful person with my tablets but even the most careful person in the world will have human error which is why it’s not enough to just keep your meds out of reach. – Eli picked this up off the kitchen floor and immediately came to me to show me. If he’d have swallowed this I’d be in a&e right now or worse. TEACH CHILDREN NOT TO PUT STUFF IN THEIR MOUTHS FROM THE FLOOR. We taught Eli from a very very young age and so far we’ve never had a problem, fingers crossed. Even more important in a household that has a lot of medication.

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“This highlights how damn important it is to make sure you teach your children to NOT eat things off the floor and to show them to you immediately. Eli has been taught he doesn’t put anything in his mouth from the floor even if he knows it’s a sweet. He ALWAYS has to double check and we reinforce it constantly.

This is a levothyroxine tablet for a thyroid disorder I have and strong enough to put Eli in intensive care. I am the most careful person with my tablets but even the most careful person in the world will have human error which is why it’s not enough to just keep your meds out of reach.

Eli picked this up off the kitchen floor and immediately came to me to show me. If he’d have swallowed this I’d be in a&e right now or worse.
TEACH CHILDREN NOT TO PUT STUFF IN THEIR MOUTHS FROM THE FLOOR.
We taught Eli from a very very young age and so far we’ve never had a problem, fingers crossed. Even more important in a household that has a lot of medication.”

 

Eli thoroughly enjoyed pride this weekend ❤️💛💙💜🧡💚 – Eli will never be sheltered or uneducated about the LGBTQA+ community. Love is love and it’s never too early to know that. 🌈

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Although the majority of parents know the dangers of children and medication – we may not know how to safely talk to them about it, and especially how to keep them same.

Here are a few more tips from Safe Kids Worldwide: 

  • Make certain that an important need to teach kids your child knows that medicine should always be administered by an adult and never taken on their own.
  • Don’t refer to medicine as candy.
  • Make sure your children know that it can be very dangerous to take other people’s prescription meds — medicine does not always make you feel better.
  • Model good behavior: store medicine carefully and show your children how you read the labels and dosage information very carefully before taking it.

 

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