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10. Childhood Emergencies - Poisonings
Poisoning is one of the most common childhood emergencies.

Each year more than 500,000 children are poisoned.

Some of these children die because poisoning is one of the most difficult emergencies to treat.

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10. Childhood Emergencies - Poisonings

  • Agents Commonly Responsible For Childhood Poisonings - Common sources of poisoning:
    • 1. Alcohol (Be careful about where the alcohol is kept for care of umbilical cord.)

      2. Aspirin, even baby aspirin

      3. Ammonia

      4. Bleaches

      5. Cosmetics (nail polish and polish removers, perm and hair color solutions)

      6. Detergents

      7. Fertilizers

      8. All medicines (including aspirin and other analgesics, iron pills, vitamins, cold medicines, tranquilizers, pills for pets, and children's vitamins)

      9. Furniture polishes and oils

      10. Kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid, and all other petroleum-based products

      11. Moth balls

      12. Lye and other caustics (toilet and drain cleaners)

      13. Paints, paint removers, thinners; turpentine and household cleaners

      14. Pesticides (any insect control substance) and weed killers

      15. Plants

      16. If any items are in question, lock them up.



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