National Poison Prevention Week, taking place during March 15–21 this year, spreads awareness to help families stay safe. Review these health care tips to prevent poisoning, and learn what to do if you suspect a loved one has ingested poison.
Poison Prevention Tips
Read the care labels of all chemicals, and store them in high cabinets that are out of reach of young children. Use child-safe locks and similar devices to ensure kids can’t open cabinets, drawers, or any other storage areas containing harmful chemicals. Personal care products, contact lens solution, medication, and alcohol all count as poison when ingested by young children.
When using products, follow their label directions exactly to avoid overdoses, particularly when administering to children, who typically require lower doses.
Throw out anything expired or degraded from heat or sunlight exposure.
Consider switching to nontoxic household products that present fewer health care risks. However, keep in mind that even natural products can cause poisoning if consumed in large amounts, depending on the type and brand.
Educate your children about poison prevention when they are old enough to understand that some products are for adult use only. Use education materials such as children’s books and videos to emphasize safety precautions.
What to Do If Someone Has Swallowed Poison
If you believe your child has been poisoned due to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, extreme fatigue, stomach cramps, and breathing difficulties, call your local poison control center to determine the next steps.
Go to the emergency room as per agent instructions or if the child is experiencing serious breathing issues or seizures. Your child will likely need their stomach pumped to remove the poison. Provide water en route to the ER to dilute the chemical.
Don’t hesitate to bring your child to Fairbanks Clinic, Inc. in Alaska if you suspect poisoning. Serving the community since 1932, the health care facility features an emergency room to handle poisoning cases quickly and efficiently. Call (907) 452-1761 today with questions, or learn more about their health care services online. Get additional health and wellness tips on Facebook.