Accidental poisoning in children under five years of age is a common problem. Toddlers between the ages of one and three are at the highest risk of poisonings, in part because they are always exploring and putting things in their mouths. Parental awareness of this issue combined with effective preventive measures can help decrease the risk of serious illness or death due to poisons in the home.
8 Types of Household Poison:
Many household products can be poisonous if swallowed, if in contact with the skin or eyes, or if inhaled. Here are eight to look out for:
• Prescription medicine: cardiac medicine, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, antidepressants, etc.
• Over-the-counter medicines: iron pills and vitamins, cold and cough medications, acetaminophen, aspirin
• Cleaning products: detergents, furniture polish, drain cleaners, ammonia, lye
• Poisons: rat poison, insect and bug sprays
• Hobby products: paint thinners, turpentine
• Plants: mistletoe, holly berries, poinsettia
• Lead: old toys painted with lead paint, improperly glazed pottery, water from very old lead pipes
• Alcohol: rubbing or drinking