National Poison Prevention Week – brought to you by CuddleBugs at Walton Regional Medical Center

This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week. During the week of March 18th, organizations will work with their local poison control centers to share safety tips and bring awareness to this important topic. CuddleBugs at Walton Regional Medical Center is dedicated to helping share this important information, as this month, we focus on how to keep children away from household medicines.

Up, Up and Away

Did you know there is an entire organization dedicated to helping protect children from being accidentally poisoned? It’s called Up and Away and Out of Sight, and they work in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 60,000 children are admitted to the emergency room each year after getting into medicines while their caregivers were not watching. Here are some best tips* for keeping your medicines out of sight and reach:


·         Tip #1: Store medications in a place that is too high for your child to reach or even see.


·         Tip #2: Never leave medicine and vitamins out on a table or child’s bedside, even if you have to give them more medicine in a few hours.


·         Tip #3: Always relock the safety cap on a medicine bottle.


·         Tip #4: Explain to children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them.


·         Tip #5: Never tell children that medicine is candy so they’ll take it.


·         Tip #6: Remind guests and babysitters to keep bags, purses or coats that have medicines in them up and away and out of sight while they are visiting.


·         Tip #7: Program the Poison Control Number (1-800-222-1222) into your home and cell phones so you will have it when you need it.



About Walton Regional Medical Center

Established in 1959, Walton Regional Medical Center is a 77 licensed-bed acute care facility located in Monroe, Georgia. Walton Regional is a Joint Commission accredited facility that specializes in the provision of personalized care to our community. WRMC’s staff consists of over 100 physicians and 365 employees who take pride in offering a wide range of services including a 24-hour Emergency Department, Level III Trauma, General Medical, ICU, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, OB/GYN, Pediatrics and Level I nursery, Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Pulmonology and additional outpatient services including a full-service laboratory, nutritional services and diagnostic imaging services.  Named in 2011 as a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Walton Regional Medical Center is currently constructing a new campus in Monroe scheduled to open in April, 2012.

About CuddleBugs

CuddleBugs is a free program designed to provide answers to new and expectant moms from the earliest stages of pregnancy through post-delivery – including guidance for newborn care.  For more information about CuddleBugs, visit

Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information and facilitate conversations with your physician that will benefit your health.


An important tip: Program the Poison Control Number (1-800-222-1222) into your home and cell phones so you will have it when you need it.