The FDA is warning the public that accidental ingestion by children (5 years and younger) of over-the-counter (OTC) eye drops used to relieve redness and nasal decongestant sprays, can the serious events. Since these OTC product packages do not contain child-resistant caps, children can accidently swallow the drug if they are within reach. Serious adverse events include hospitalization due to coma, decreased heart rate, decreased breathing, and sedation. What measures can parents and other caregivers take to prevent accidental drug ingestion by children?
For a complete list of the OTC products and consumer information on how to store them, please visit the FDA website.