RadioMD: Healthy Children

National Poison Prevention Week

March 18, 20159 min
Children act fast, so do poisons.  March 15-21, 2015 is poison prevention week is your home poison proof?Each year, approximately 2.4 million people – more than half under age 6 – swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance.Most poisonings occur when parents or caregivers are home but not paying attention. The most dangerous potential poisons are medicines, cleaning products, liquid nicotine, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, pesticides, furniture polish, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil.What should you do if you suspect your child has been poisoned? The first thing always is to call 1 (800) 222-1222  The American Association of Poison Control CentersThey are available 24 hours, 7 days a week to help you with any issues regarding poisoning. Even if you think your child may have ingested something, you should call this number. They will direct you to a local control center and advise you of the proper steps to take.Dr. Joseph O’Neil is here to discuss poison prevention week with great tips to keep your child safe.

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