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'Childproof' Caps: How Effective Are They?

Updated: Thursday, November 21 2013, 07:26 PM EST

New federal guidelines will make it easier for elderly patients who open their medicine, making it so they no longer have to fiddle with the child-resistant containers and bottles. But it turns out those old containers may not work as well as parents may think.

Colorful pills being mistaken for candy by children is a common mistake. So FOX45 put the "child-proof" containers to the test.

Experts say the containers are really designed to slow down the child and give the parents an opportunity to notice what is going on, rather than to stop the child from opening the container altogether.

Melinda Roeder sat down with a group of children and after 10 seconds three out of four kids were able to open at least one "child-proof" bottle. At the one-minute mark, six out of seven figured it out.

Now, under the new "Poison Prevention Packaging Act," some bottles are getting even easier to open.

Even if your child is old enough to understand, experts advise talking with them about potential dangers, even with something as simple as vitamins.

'Childproof' Caps: How Effective Are They?

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