Infant and Child Safety Tips

Poisining Prevention

 

Accidental poisoning can occur when a child ingests medications, cleaning products, alcohol, cosmetics, or other toxins. Many well-meaning adults fail to recognize how toxic certain substances can be and leave them in accessible places. Protect your child from the dangers of poisoning by following these rules:

Medications

  • Store all medications - prescription and nonprescription - in a locked cabinet, away from children's reach.
  • Never leave vitamin bottles, aspirin bottles, or other medications on the kitchen table, countertops, bedside tables, or dresser tops. Small children may decide to emulate adults and help themselves.
  • Never tell a child that medicine is "candy."
  • Take special precautions when you have houseguests. Be sure their medications are far from reach, preferably locked in one of their bags.
  • Don't keep aspirin or other medicines in a pocketbook; children may find them when searching for gum or a toy.
  • Child-resistant packaging does not mean childproof packaging. Don't rely on packaging to protect your children.
  • Always keep pills and liquids in their original containers.
  • Never administer medication to a child in the dark: you may give the wrong dosage or even the wrong medication.
  • After taking or administering medication, be sure to reattach the the safety cap, and store the medication away safely.

 Cleaning Products

  • Store household cleaning products and aerosol sprays in a high cabinet far from reach.
  • Don't keep any cleaning supplies under the sink, including dishwasher detergent and dishwashing liquids.
  • Never put cleaning products in old soda bottles or containers that were once used for food.
  • When you are cleaning or using household chemicals, never leave the bottles unattended if there is a small child present.
  • Never put roach powders or rat poison on the floors of your home.
  • Keep hazardous automotive and gardening products in a securely locked area in your garage.

 


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