The American Academy of Paediatrics offers advice on preventing and treating child poisonings.
More than 1.2 million American children under the age of 6 swallow or come into contact with poisonous substances each year.
The American Academy of Paediatrics offers advice on preventing and treating poisonings.
Medicines, pesticides, cleaning products, furniture polish, antifreeze, windshield-wiper fluid, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil are among the most dangerous potential poisons in or near the home.
When do most child poisonings occur?
Most child poisonings occur when parents or caregivers are at home but not paying attention to youngsters, the AAP said in a news release. It’s important to be especially watchful when there is a change in household routine, such as holidays, visits to and from relatives, and other special events.
Tips on how to prevent child poisoning
– Store medicines, pesticides, cleaning and laundry products, and paints and varnishes in their original packaging in locked cabinets or containers that are out of sight and reach of children.
– Check the label every time you give a child medicine to ensure the correct dosage, the AAP said. When giving children liquid medicines, use the dosing device that came with the product. Never call medicine “candy” or other appealing names and be sure to throw out unused medicines. Never put poisonous items in food or drink containers.
– If your child has swallowed or come in contact with poison and is unconscious, not breathing or having convulsions, call your local emergency number immediately, the AAP said. If your child has swallowed poison, have the child spit out any remaining substance, but do not make the child vomit and do not use syrup of ipecac.
– If a child’s skin has come into contact with poison, remove the child’s clothes and rinse the skin with lukewarm water for at least 15 minutes, the AAP said.
– If poison has gotten into a child’s eyes, flush their eyes by holding the eyelid open and pouring a steady stream of room-temperature water into the inner corner of the eye for 15 minutes, the AAP said.
– If a child has been exposed to poisonous fumes, take the child outside or into fresh air immediately. If the child is not breathing, start CPR and do not stop until the child breathes on his or her own, or until another person can take over CPR.
Trackbacks and pingbacks
No trackback or pingback available for this article.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
- “We work with Bangkok First Aid in training and consulting on First Aid. They train our Emergency Response Team to be certain and capable to act in the right way in case of an emergency. They give good training and are well focused on the learning aspect. They are trustworthy and service oriented”.
Hans – Embassy of the Netherlandshttps://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/your-country-and-the-netherlands/thailand/about-us/netherlands-embassy-in-bangkok
- “Bangkok First Aid was consistent in maintaining communication with me and was extraordinarily flexible as I repeatedly adjusted my dates. 10/10 for teaching: personable, interesting and easy to understand. My students and I were very satisfied.”
Maxine – Asia Pacific International Universityhttp://www.apiu.edu/
- “Excellent package, well delivered and tailored to meet the needs of the group. A real eye opener to the first aid skills you can use in any environment. It is a must for anyone who wants to make a difference in the most testing of situations. We certainly wouldn’t hesitate to use Bangkok First Aid […]
Caroline – Regent’s International Schoolhttp://www.regents.ac.th/