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KnowYourOTCs.org wants to help you spread the word about safe use, storage, and disposal of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.

The materials below provide information to help parents, grandparents, and other caregivers safely store OTCs in their homes, and are available for you to order free of charge for display and distribution in your home, office, school, or waiting room.

Additional educational tools in English and Spanish are coming soon!

*For order quantities over 25, please contact akemper@chpa.org to place your order. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping. We regret that we cannot ship international orders.

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The Sitter’s Guide to OTCs Infographic

Time away from the little ones can fill parents with worry, so let your family’s OTC medicines be one less stress. Follow these tips the next time you have a babysitter, so they’ll feel ready for anything, and you’ll feel ready to relax.

OTCs Are Like Superpowers Infographic

A superhero is nothing without their sidekick! Keep yours safe from danger’s clutches by treating their symptoms safely and keeping over-the-counter medicines out of the wrong hands. Stash these tips in your utility belt for your next over-the-counter mission.

Over-the-Counter Tools for School Infographic

Back to school season can also be the season of lunchtime germs and knee-scrapes on the playground. Keep this cheat sheet handy when you find yourself reaching for some common over-the-counter medicines this school year.

Candy Confused: Medicines vs Candy Infographic

With little ones, too much candy can sometimes end in tummy aches or toothaches. But if they confuse their candies and cold medicines, the results could be life-threatening. To avoid confusion between your children’s favorite sweets and their meds–which can look, smell, and even taste alike–check out this infographic with tips for keeping your child safe.

Over-the-Counter First Aid Infographic

When packing your basket for the family picnic, don’t forget a well-stocked first-aid kit! Check out this over-the-counter first-aid packing list and safeguard your summer outings by preparing for accidents.

Video: Safe Medicine Disposal

When was the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet? Watch this short film from the Alliance for Aging Research to learn which over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can be thrown away at home and how to dispose of those you no longer want or need.
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Video: Taking and Storing Over-the-Counter Pain Medicines

Choosing and using an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine is just as important as storing it safely. Watch this short film from the Alliance for Aging Research to learn how to use pain relievers and fever reducers safely, how to keep your medicines up and away and out of sight of young children, and what to do when you no longer need a medicine.
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Video: Over-the-Counter Pain Medicines

Millions of families use over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers and fever reducers to relieve minor aches and pains. With over a thousand non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen-containing medicines, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. Watch this short film courtesy of the Alliance for Aging Research to learn what you need to know about OTC pain medicines and choosing the one that’s right for you or your family.
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A Parent’s Guide to Pediatric Dosing Infographic

When little ones are sick, many parents rely on over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to help them feel better. Explore this visual guide to pediatric dosing and tips for parents using OTC medicines with kids. For more information about choosing and using oral OTC cough and cold medicines safely, here are 14 tips for parents using OTC medicines.

Over-the-Counter Dietary Supplements Infographic

If your family isn’t getting the vitamins and minerals they need from food alone, use our infographic to learn how over-the-counter dietary supplements could help.

Safe Medicine Storage for Travel Infographic

Prevent accidental medicine ingestions when you’re on the go with kids. Follow these safe medicine storage tips to keep your kids safe no matter where you are.

Over-the-Counter Oral Health Infographic

Did you know toothpaste and mouthwash are OTCs too? Make sure you know the active ingredients in toothpaste and learn how to safely use other over-the-counter oral health products for your family.

Over-the-Counter Medicines for Two Kinds of Coughs Infographic

Did you know there are different kinds of coughs? To best identify and treat your family’s coughs with over-the-counter medicines, here’s what you need to know.

Over-the-Counter Medicines for Cold and Flu Season Infographic

Learn how to match the right active ingredients to treat the cold and flu symptoms you have.

 

Common Over-the-Counter Pain Medicines Infographic

Learn the active ingredients in different over-the-counter pain medicines so you know which medicine can be used to treat certain types of pain. Here are a few safe use tips to help you know how to choose the best pain medicines for you and your kids. 

Common Questions about Over-the-Counter Medicines and Children Infographic

When it comes to medicine, babies and children must be treated with special care. These are some of the most common questions parents ask about over-the-counter medicines and kids.

Up and Away Poster

Approximately 60,000 young children end up in emergency departments every year because they got into medicines while their parent or caregiver was not looking. Know the facts. Order or download this Up and Away poster as a reminder to store medicines up and away and out of sight of children.

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Up and Away Brochure

Approximately 60,000 children end up in emergency departments because they got into medicines while their parent or caregiver was not looking. Know the facts. Order or download this Up and Away brochure as a reminder to store medicines up and away and out of sight of children.

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Afiche para descargar

Cada año, más de 60,000 niños pequeños acaban en una sala de emergencias por haber ingerido medicamentos en un descuido de sus padres o de la persona que vela por ellos. Descargar este cartel arriba y lejos como un recordatorio para almacenar medicamentos para arriba y lejos y fuera de la vista de los niños.

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Vela por la seguridad de tus niños

Cada año, más de 60,000 niños pequeños acaban en una sala de emergencias por haber ingerido medicamentos en un descuido de sus padres o de la persona que vela por ellos.

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Kids and OTC Cough and Cold Medicines

Do you know which medicines to give your child, when to use them, and how to use them safely? This brochure shares important tips to remember when giving your child cough and cold medicines

My Medicine Tracker

Use this medicine guide to keep track of your prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, and dietary supplements.

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Safe Medicine Storage Infographic

Prevent your kids from getting their little hands onto medicines, vitamins, and dietary supplements. Store your medicines up and away and out of sight. Follow these tips to keep your kids safe.

The Six Types of Allergies Infographic

When you have allergies, you can be sensitive to pollen, mold, animal dander, or even dust. Follow our guide on how to safely treat those symptoms with the right over-the-counter medicines.

Safe Medicine Disposal Infographic

Just like the dosing instructions and additional information on the label, the expiration date on the packaging is there for reason. Once a medicine has reached its expiration date, it may not provide the treatment that you need. Follow these three simple steps to dispose of OTC medicines in your household trash.

Safe Medicine Disposal Poster

Once a medicine reaches its expiration date, it might not provide the treatment you need. Order or download this Safe Medicine Disposal poster, and hang it up as a reminder of how to safely throw away medicines when you clean out your medicine cabinet.

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Tummy Troubles

Learn what to do if your child is experiencing tummy troubles, including heartburn and constipation.

Spring Has Sprung, And So Have Allergies

Take a look at the signs of spring allergies and learn how to safely treat your symptoms with OTC medicines.

New Year’s Resolution Maker

Are you a resolution maker or a resolution flaker? Learn some of the most common resolutions made by moms, and resolve to take care of yourself and family in 2015.

Halloween and Your Child’s Teeth

Halloween night is the perfect time to talk with your kids about why taking care of their teeth is important.

Does Your Child Have a Fever?

Get the answers to your questions about treating your child’s fever with acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Cheat Sheet for Parents of Little Ones with Allergies

Read these OTC safe use tips before giving your little one allergy medicines.

Battling The Flu

200,000 Americans fight the flu each year. Learn about four OTC treatments that can help relieve your flu symptoms.

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