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Poison Safety Prevention

Child Poisoning

  • Children can get very sick if they are poisoned.
  • Children who are 1 to 3 years of age are at highest risk since young children may put anything in their mouths.
  • Many household products can be poisonous if swallowed, inhaled, or contact with the skin or eyes.

Common Household Products that Can Be Dangerous

  • Aspirin                                                      
  • Insect or rat poisons
  • Acetaminophen                                        
  • Lye paint thinners             
  • Tranquilizers
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Sleeping pills                                            
  • Antifreeze
  • Moth balls                                                 
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Iron pills                                                   
  • Gasoline
  • Furniture polish                                         
  • Kerosene
  • Drain cleaners                                           
  • Lamp Oil
  • Weed killers

Safety Rules to Keep In Mind

  • Keep harmful products locked up and away from children to see and reach.
  • Use child safety locks on drawers and cabinets where you store harmful chemicals.
  • Take extra care during stressful times.
  • Call medicine by the correct name. You do not want to confuse medicine by calling it candy.
  • Always replace safety caps immediately after use.
  • Never leave alcohol within a child’s reach.
  • Find help if your child swallows anything that is not food.
  • The Poison Control Help Line is always available 24/7 at 1-800-222-1222 or you can call the doctor.
  • Keep the Poison Control Help Line, Doctor, and Hospital telephone numbers by the phone.
  • Keep products in their original containers and never mix products/chemicals together.
  • Read all labels before using any product.
  • Teach children not to eat or drink anything that is not given by an adult.
  • Do not take medicine in front of small children because children tend to copy adult behavior.
  • Check the date and get rid of old or expired medications in your home by flushing them down the toilet.
  • Get rid of substances used for old fashion treatments.
  • Be cautious of harmful chemicals when children are away from home; such as going to grandparents house.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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