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May 1964


Am J Dis Child. 1964;107(5):535. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02080060537017

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To the Editor: Dr. Oches' letter, in your January issue, inspires me to make a simple suggestion as to protecting small children from poisoning with aspirin and other medications.

My daughter has three very active little boys, age 2, 4, and 6. She requests me to give her all my aspirin samples that come put up in small paper envelopes, two tablets to an envelope. As she says: (1) this form is less tempting to the child, as he does not see the tablets; (2) he can get only two tablets at a time; and (3) the mother can easily tell, by noting the empty envelopes, exactly how many tablets the child has taken.

The last point is particularly important. I work in an out patient clinic. We frequently treat children for poisoning when we do not know whether they have taken large quantities of medication, or perhaps only one

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