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Child-resistant packaging has been on the market for a few decades now however there’s a commonly held misconception and some confusion about whether child-resistant packaging is fully child-proof. This is the question that we are going to be exploring in this article, so if you are interested in finding out the answer, keep reading below.

Is child-resistant packaging child-proof


What Is Child Resistant?

The concept for child-resistant packaging was created to protect children from hazardous or deadly products commonly found in a household. It was in the early 1970s that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) introduced the Poison Prevention Packaging Act to define testing protocols for private labs to independently verify a product did indeed meet the criteria of child-resistant. Since then, child-resistant packaging has been adopted globally on a variety of products to help prevent the poisoning of children under two primary standards – ISO 8317 and the aforementioned CPSC 16 CFR 1700 – with the World Health Organization referring to it as the best cause of reduction of child poisoning in the developed world back in 2008.

Child resistance means a majority of children under the age of 52 months will find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to open the package. This could be for a number of different factors, including the packaging requiring two simultaneous movements for reclosable packages, and special lamination films for non-reclosable packages. Children at this age are unable to perform two simultaneous movements and have soft fingernails so things like paper overlays are difficult for them to remove. 

When being tested for child resistance, children are given five minutes to try and open the packaging, then given a demonstration as to how it should be done, followed by a further five minutes. For it to be determined as child-resistant, 90% of the children must be unable to open the package initially, with 90% continuing to be unsuccessful after the demonstration.

What Is Child Proof?

Child proof means that it was designed and created with the intention of avoiding harm or damage to children. However, child proof can also mean that a child cannot get into the packaging at all. There has been a lot of debate over childproofing things over the years as an increasing number of consumers choose to childproof their homes. This means doing things like putting locks on cabinets, gates on stairs, and soft corner covers on tables.

Child proofing is nearly impossible because not all kids are the same. Some kids develop strength faster or learn things faster, which means that they are more at risk of getting into things that have child-resistant packaging. There is no such thing as fully child-proof packaging, there are always limits on what can and cannot be achieved.

Is Child Resistant Packaging Child Proof?

No. It is never going to be possible for the packaging to be completely child-proof. The standards for child-resistant packaging say that at least 90% of children must be unsuccessful in opening the package the first time, meaning that up to 10% are able to. You are never going to be able to create something that is fully childproof because it depends on the child. It depends on a range of different factors as to whether or not that child is going to be able to open the package, even though it is child-resistant. There are even some adults that still struggle to open packages that are child-resistant, or at the very least it takes them a long time. But, there are also adults who easily manage it.

It is also important to keep in mind that, although child-resistant packaging is designed to test children up to 52 months, that does not mean that the contents inside the packaging pose no danger to them. The packaging should be your last line of defense against letting your kids get to the content. You still need to take safety precautions such as putting things out of reach and ensuring that there isn’t a way for them to get there but, perhaps most important, is closing and securing your child resistant container. You’d be surprised at the number of accidents that occur solely due to the packaging left open. Of course, children are clever so some will find a way to get what they want or find that one thing that you forgot to put away. Child-resistant packaging does work well and does prevent a lot of accidents, it’s just not accurate to say that it is fully childproof.

What Is Child Resistant Packaging Used For?

Child-resistant packaging is used for a lot of things but is most commonly used for over-the-counter medications as well as laundry detergent, bleach and other dangerous household cleaners. Medicine can be extremely dangerous if it is taken in excess, or if your child manages to take something that isn’t theirs to take. For example, if you have a prescription and your child gets into it, this can be disastrous. It’s for this reason that child-resistant packaging was even thought of and created.

You will also find that it is used for a lot of general household products that you don’t want your kids to get their hands on. For example, bleach and other household cleaners often come in some kind of child-resistant packaging. Bleach tends to be a push and twist mechanism, where others have ways to lock them.

Anything that could be potentially dangerous to children tends to have a child-resistant package. In some cases, you may see one of these packages and wonder why it was used for that specific product because you wouldn’t think that it could do your child any harm, but if you investigated further you’d likely be surprised. 

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now have a better understanding of the difference between child-resistant and child-proof, as well as why child-resistant packaging is not classed as child-proof. Make sure that you are taking the utmost care with anything that could potentially be a danger to your child, and even though you have child-resistant packaging on your side, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t remain cautious anyway.