Poisoning Prevention for Children:
Poisonings are very common, occurring in about 2 million people a year, with half of those cases involving children under 5 years of age. Parents should keep a list of emergency numbers by the phone at all times.
The Poison Control Nationwide Number is 1-800-222-1222
The poison center is quickly available in an emergency situation and has experts with access to specific information on different types of poisons and other substances that may harm children. If a child has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911 instead. You can call poison control in the event of accidental ingestion of medication or household products, bee sting, spider or snake bite, food poisoning, or exposure or ingestion of anything of which you are unsure.
The most dangerous poisons include:
- Medications and vitamins
- Household products, especially cleaning supplies, pesticides, and hydrocarbons such as oil, kerosene lighter fluid, antifreeze, etc.
- Windshield washer fluid
Prevention Is The Key:
- You can prevent poisoning by keeping household cleaners, chemicals, and medicines completely out of reach of your children.
- Always store these products in their original container and know the Poison Control Center phone number posted above.
Household Safety: Preventing Poisoning
- Do not rely on packaging to deter your children- “child-resistant packaging” does not mean “childproof packaging.”
- Never prepare or give medications to a child while in the dark. You may give the wrong dosage or event the wrong medication.
- Store all medications – prescription and nonprescription – in a locked cabinet.
- Make certain all purses and bags (belonging to both you and your guests) that could contain poisonous items, such as medications, are kept out of the reach of kids at all times
- Always keep pills and liquids in their original containers.
- Try to keep a record of how many pills remain prescription containers.
- Be aware of all medications in your home (and in the homes of relatives or friends with whom your children spend a lot of time).