Are you aware of the top 10 poison dangers for children? You should be if you want to keep kids safe. Nearly half of the 2.2 million poisoning cases called into the country’s 56 poison control centers each year involve a child under six years old, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS).
Baptist Health South Florida offers several poisoning prevention tips on its blog. To keep children safe, Agueda Hernandez, M.D., medical director of the Baptist Health Medical Group Family Medicine Center at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, recommends the following:
- Keep household products such as cleaning supplies, personal care products and other chemicals well out of reach.
- Keep medications and supplements in original – and ideally child-proof — containers and out of reach.
- Consider securing cabinets that contain poisonous substances with child-proof restraints.
If you read my blog often, you know how much I stress the importance of keeping cleaning products, laundry packets, medications and other chemicals up and away from tiny hands. Also, keep the number for the Poison Control Center handy: 1-800-222-1222.
Top poison dangers for children
Here are the top poisoning dangers for kids:
- Cleaning products
- Pain medications
- Topical medicines (like ointments)
- Acid-supressing drugs
Print this infographic and keep it handy.
Infographic by Irina de Souza
Disclosure: this post is part of a sponsored collaboration with Baptist Health South Florida but all opinions are my own.