The Evolution of Child-Resistant Packaging

Child-resistant packaging has grown rapidly since they were first introduced more than five decades ago. The locking closure commonly found on medicine bottles and over-the-counter medications were invented by a doctor in 1967. Fifty years later, packaging companies have developed innovative child-resistant packaging that gives manufacturers better options to package their products and stay compliant with federal regulations.

Now you can find a variety of CRP solutions for your child's safety. You can also check out special child proof zipper bags on after this discovery. The United States passed the 1970 poison prevention packaging law. Although initially enforced by the FDA, the jurisdiction was transferred in 1973 to the US consumer product safety commission.

The inception of child resistance packaging

The history of child-resistant packaging through scientific articles and good internet blogs shows Dr. Breault may not have been the first to make a cap that keeps children’s little hands at bay. In the mid-1980s, a group of archaeologists in San Antonio traveled to Guatemala to investigate the Rio Azul ruins. What they found on the site built in 500 BCE was a bottle they had a hard time opening. 

The Mayans weren’t trying to keep little hands out of medication, they were protecting the revered cacao. According to “Chocolate: Pathway to Gods,” authors Meredith Dreiss and Sharon Greenhill wrote about the archaeologist’s discovery of polychrome and stuccoed pot with a rare child-proof’ interlocking lid. 

That invention and the innovative designs that came after it is one of the best-documented successes in preventing the unintentional poisoning of children, according to The World Health Organization and UNICEF’s World Report on Child Injury Prevention.