Protect Your Child from Poisons in Your Home
What is a poison?
A poison is anything someone eats (ingestion), breathes (inhalation), gets in the eyes (ocular exposure), or on the skin (dermal exposure), that can cause sickness or death if it gets into or on the body. Poisons can be found in four forms: solid, liquid, spray or gas.
What are some dangerous poisons?
|heart, blood pressure drugs||drain cleaners||mouthwash||wild mushrooms||carbon monoxide|
|tranquilizers||oven cleaners||nail glue remover||dieffenbachia||lead paint|
|nerve pills||toilet bowl cleaners||permanent wave solutions||philodendron|
|cough and cold medicines||furniture polish||nail primer||pokeweed|
|iron||pesticides||hair removal products||foxglove|
|pain relievers||gasoline, kerosene||holly berries|
|diabetes medicines||lamp oil||castor bean|
|antifreeze, windshield solution|
How can I keep children safe from poisons?
Poisons often come in pretty colors and attractive containers. Children may mistake poisons for something good to eat or drink. Follow these safety tips to help keep children poison safe:
Store Poisonous Products Safely
Use Poisonous Products Safely
Learn the symptoms of poisoning
If you see an open or spilled bottle of pills or other dangerous product, a child may be poisoned.
An important sign of poisoning is when children who were well develop unusual symptoms:
What should I do if I think a child has been poisoned?
Call your local Poison Center right away. Do not wait for the child to look or feel sick! Follow these first-aid steps:
Poisons on the skin:
Poisons in the eye:
Mr. Yuk Means NO!
Mr. Yuk is the poison warning symbol used by many poison control centers.
Mr. Yuk stickers say NO! to little children who can't read warning labels on dangerous products.
Teach your children that Mr. Yuk means NO! Take your children with you as you place Mr. Yuk stickers on the many dangerous products in your home.
To get Mr. Yuk stickers, call the poison control center. The number is on the first page of the phone book.
The stickers are free.
(Mr. Yuk is used with permission of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.)
Do you have more questions about keeping your child safe from poisons? Ask your doctor.
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Material taken from the Food and Drug Administration and the American Association of Poison Control Centers.