Pediatricians warn adults to store cannabis properly and know the warning signs of exposure in young children after marijuana is legalized in New York.
The American Academy of Pediatrics published a report in January showing that from 2017 to 2021, for children under 6 years old, there was a 1,000% increase in children exposed to edible cannabis.
Experts found that most of the cases in which children accidentally ingested marijuana were inside their homes.
Alexandra Van Owen is a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at NYU Langone Health. She says she has seen a number of hospital admissions of children exposed to edible cannabis.
“Some of the symptoms of edible cannabis may be your child not behaving properly. They may be asleep, talk unintentionally, and possibly even have seizures,” she says.
Experts say parents and caregivers should store cannabis in a child-proof case and keep it in an area where young children cannot easily get their hands on it.
Doctors urge parents whose children have accidentally taken cannabis to be honest with medical staff so they can quickly administer appropriate treatment and avoid unnecessary tests and procedures.