x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Medicines and cleaners within kids' reach

Dr Hashem Tarifi, head of pharmacy at Tawam Hospital, said it was important for parents to be careful when storing medicines.

A third of respondents to the survey admit they have failed to keep medicines and cleaning products safely stowed away from children.

Only 64 per cent said they always kept medicines out of the reach of children or anyone who might misuse them. And more than a third (39 per cent) do not always check the expiry date for all the medicine they keep at home.

Dr Hashem Tarifi, head of pharmacy at Tawam Hospital, said it was important for parents to be careful when storing medicines.

"Some of the drugs and medications are colourful," Dr Tarifi said. "Kids think they are chocolate and that can get them in trouble. So it's very important, whatever you buy, it's in a child-resistant container."

The survey also showed one in three (36 per cent) admitted they sometimes forgot to put cleaning products away after use.

zalhassani@thenational.ae