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Before the introduction of child-resistant packaging, many household items posed quite a large threat to children. Being able to prevent children from getting their hands on items that they shouldn’t make parenting that much easier, and child-resistant packaging is the best solution to the problem. From daily use cleaning products, medicines, and other chemicals; child-resistant packaging has been able to stop an incredible amount of accidental poisonings in children throughout the years.

What is considered child-resistant packaging?


What does child-resistant mean?

So, what does child-resistant actually mean? The idea is that the packaging is secure enough to prevent children of a certain age (3.5 – 4.25 years old) from being able to access the contents inside while still being easy enough for an older adult to use. You’ve likely seen child-resistant protection applied to a lot of different products you can find in stores as it’s a very important – and sometimes legally mandated – packaging component/Parents need more ways to stop their children from accidentally harming themselves, as you can’t watch your children every second of the day.

When it comes to packaging, making it child-resistant can be quite difficult, and you don’t want it to be too cumbersome or tricky for an adult to use. An effective child-resistant package is able to keep small children out of it, while still being fully functional to an adult.

What is considered child-resistant packaging?

There are a number of forms of packaging that are considered child-resistant. As mentioned earlier, it’s a necessary addition to many different products, as there were previously too many cases of accidental poisoning. Children are not aware of the consequences of ingesting such chemicals or objects, and extra protection is there to prevent that.

To consider a product to be child-resistant, it has to be tested in a way that proves that children aren’t able to access it yet adults still are. Of course, it’s not easy to create a product that’s completely child-proof, yet still accessible to adults; so it’s designed to be difficult, not impossible. 

How is it tested?

To properly ensure that children aren’t able to access the packaging, a test is carried out on a number of children between ages three and a half to four and a quarter, to see whether or not they’re able to open the package. When the test begins, they’re given 5 minutes to open the package on their own. If they are unable to open it, they’re given a demonstration by an adult how to open the package, followed by an additional five minutes to see whether or not they can open it for themselves. . Depending on the standards, the test is carried out on up to 200 children, with at least 90% of the children failing to access the package for it to be considered a success.

Less commonly known is that the test also requires validation that at least 90% of adults are able to access the contents. The test is carried out on up to 100 adults who are provided instructions for using the mechanism and must be able to open it, close it and reopen it within a 5 minute period for it to be considered a pass. 

As you can see, so long as adults are able to access the contents and the high majority of children aren’t, a package is considered to be child-resistant. Therefore,  if you are purchasing and relying on child-resistant packaging, it’s important to recognize that child-resistant does not mean child-proof: it’s not guaranteed to prevent every single child from accessing it. 

Examples of child-resistant packaging

Products with child-resistant packaging are used daily all across the world, and there are many examples that you could find within most households.

You would likely have seen liquid bottles, such as mouthwash or medicines with more complex caps sealing them. These caps are designed in such a way that you have to push down on each side of the cap before twisting it. The reason they’re designed this way is that it’s very difficult for children under 52 months old to be able to perform and comprehend multi-action steps such as push and turn. Not only is it mentally challenging, but physically it can be quite difficult to put in enough pressure.

You would also likely have had to use blister packaging when it comes to pills and capsules. Removing a pill from the packaging requires you to put pressure on the plastic side of the packaging and push it through the foil lid. On top of that, the foil part of the packaging has to be strong enough to prevent a child’s fingernails from piercing it. The last thing you want is your child accidentally consuming medication that they shouldn’t.

Advantages of child-resistant packaging

No parent wants to risk their children’s health over a mistake, and making sure to have more child-resistant packaging is a benefit to every parent with younger children. Before child-resistant packaging, there were many more cases of children accidentally poisoning themselves by ingesting harmful chemicals that they shouldn’t be able to access. It’s usually medicines or cleaning products that would be an everyday use. Since child-resistant packaging, this is an occurrence that happens much less.

It’s been said that child-resistant bags is one of the “best-documented successes in preventing child poisoning”. Child-resistant packaging is an essential item for all parents, as there is a high risk of your child poisoning themselves.

Disadvantages of child-resistant packaging

It can make products somewhat less accessible for consumers. If you struggle with mobility or have some form of motor-hindering issue like arthritis, it can be difficult to access the child-resistant packaging yourself. While it’s not a common issue to have, it can make the packaging a little less functional.

During testing, the main goal of child-resistant packaging is to prevent children from accessing it, and many adults in the test might still struggle to open it for themselves. The packaging will be considered successful and suitable as long as 90% of tested adults are able to gain access to the packaging with at least 90% of children being unable to do so.