Family 411: The safety of knowing what's in your medicine cabinet

Your medicine cabinet can be a danger zone if your children aren't clear on what's in there, who's it for and when it's used.

WSYX's Tara Morgan shows how to start the conversation to keep your little one safe in this week's Family 411 report.

Playtime at the Hardin house is serious business.

So is any time the three sisters take medicine, or even vitamins.

The Hardin girls line up for what looks a lot like candy, but they know it's not.

Their dad, Jason, says the same car and concern goes for medicine.

"They know not to get in the medicine cabinet first of all."

Drug and Alcohol Counselor Bob Bailor says parents should talk to children about medicine in ways they can understand.

"It's better for you to make clear that there are some good things and some harmful things than for their imaginations to take over or for them to experiment."

Bailor suggests to look for openings to begin the conversation like when they see you take medicine.

"That this is helping me to get better, but I never use this beyond the requirements the doctor has said."

Quinn started taking chewable allergy pills four years ago.

"I'm allergic to cats and everything outside."

Dad takes the same medication and made sure Quinn knew the differences between his and hers.

"Daddy's pills are square, yours are round, and we let her know that mine is probably a lot stronger than hers."

The Hardin girls understand the reasons behind the do's and don'ts.

"It's dangerous and kids shouldn't really play with it."

Leaving any worry or concern to mom and dad.

That way they can focus on just being kids.

Bailor says parents should stick to the allotted time and amount for the medication so children will understand what doctor's orders mean and keep the medicine out of reach.

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