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Published on January 05, 2017

Poison Prevention

Child with medicine - poison prevention

Child with medicine - poison preventionEvery household contains items that can be poisonous to children. Here is a question from a patient with answer from PIH Health pediatrician Rajnish Birla MD to help keep the little ones safe.

Question: Are there poison prevention measures I should take to protect my young children at home?

Answer: About 90 percent of unintentional poisonings occur at home, so it is critical to take preventative measures, especially with special needs children. However, these tips apply to all homes with kids.

Store poisonous items, including medications and vitamins out of reach and use safety locks that children cannot open on cabinets that are within their reach. Try several different types, if necessary.

  • Don’t take medications in front of children. Many pills are colorful and can look like candy so avoid being seen taking them to keep their curiosity at bay.
  • Read product labels. Items such as art supplies and even make-up can be toxic if ingested.
  • Place stickers with “NO” or “DON’T TOUCH” on dangerous items to warn kids away.
  • Use stories to explain the dangers and remind them often what to stay away from.

Lastly, post the Poison Control Center hotline in a location where all in your household can see, and add it as a contact in your cell phone: 1.800.222.1222.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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