The number of children who end up in the emergency room due to accidental medication poisoning is declining, according to a new government study.
Approximately 640,000 children age 5 and younger were treated in emergency rooms for ingesting drugs between 2004 and 2013. Of these children, 70 percent were 1- or 2-year-olds, the researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Almost one-fifth were hospitalized.
During the early 2000s, the number of children’s ER visits increased, peaking at about 76,000 in 2010. The visits decreased to about 59,000 visits in 2013.