Sweets, treats, medicines and tablets

Safety Checklist - Really important, maybe even lifesaving, information

  • Children should NEVER share medication between themselves, only an adult can give the ok for any child to take any medicine.
  • A child should only be given medicine by an adult they can trust. If an adult gives a child their medicine to take by themselves, something like an inhaler, then it needs to be explained that this should never be shared with anyone else as it could be very dangerous.
  • Things that might look tasty to eat or drink could actually be deadly. It is very important that you explain to your child(ren) that they should only at food and drink given to them by an adult they can trust.
  • Always keep medicine in its proper container so everyone can see it is a medicine. Also keep the instructions on how to take it and follow them carefully.
  • If a Doctor, or adult we are ok to trust, gives us medicine and the instructions are followed then it is safe. If we just took some to see what it was like it could be very dangerous, even fatal.
  • Make sure you point out to the child you are reading the story to, that they should only put things in their mouth that are given to them by an adult they can trust.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home works together to think safely, make sure they all know about the messages in this story. Make sure older children are aware of medicine safety, to protect themselves and to look out for younger children they may play with or help you to keep an eye on.

And please make sure your child(ren) knows and understands this one very important thing…

  • Remember to tell your child(ren) that if they are ever worried or have done something that might be dangerous then they should tell you straight away - it could save their life.
  • You might get cross with them later on but you would help them straight away if something bad had happened.
  • 'I love you and want to keep you safe' is the message you want them to remember!