"It can cause problems even if the child didn't swallow the whole thing," she said.
Children often mimic adults at home, said Carissa McBurney, the poison center's community outreach coordinator.
"They see mommy or daddy taking that pill, so they think they can take it too," she said.
They often think medications are candy.
"To kids, Tylenol looks like Tic Tacs," she said. "Acid reducer pills often look like Altoid mints."
Parents should keep all medications out of children's sight, Scharman said, and store them in their original containers.
To contact the West Virginia Poison center, call 1-800-222-1222.
Reach Alison Knezevich at alis...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.