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Prevention and Treatment of Poisoning in Children

P.A.M.P.A cares about the Health and Safety of your children. Our safety topic for this month is – The Prevention and Treatment of Poisoning in Children.

Did you know that over 1 million children under the age of 6 ingest a poisonous substance each year? Prevention in the home is a must!  Keep in mind the following things:

  • Keep all medicine and hazardous household products out of site and reach of children.
  • All household cleaning products should be stored in their original containers and never in food or beverage containers. 
  • All prescription and nonprescription medications should be with child-resistant safety caps and stored out of the child’s reach, preferably in a locked cabinet. 
  • Also remember to ensure your children’s safety when you have visitors in your home that may carry medications in their purse or luggage.

If your child is conscious and alert, but you fear he or she may have ingested a toxic substance, your first step is to call The National Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.  It is important to receive immediate and accurate information regarding the substance that has been ingested. You should not make your child vomit if you suspect he or she has ingested something. In fact, syrup of ipecac should no longer be used as a poison treatment intervention in the home. If your child has developed any difficulty breathing, a change in activity level, or other worrisome symptoms, call 911 immediately.

If you have any questions about this information, please feel free to discuss with your provider.

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