More than half of the 2.5 million calls to poison centers in the U.S. every year involve children 5 and younger, according to the Wisconsin Poison Center. Nine out of 10 poisonings occur at home. Items like laundry detergents, prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, plants, beauty products, pesticides, alcohol and many more are just some of the items to watch out for.
Poisons are often odorless and tasteless. Here are some tips to avoid household poisonings:
Despite your best efforts, accidents still happen, so in the event that you do face a poison emergency, there is still plenty you can do. For poison in the eyes, rinse the eyes with running water. If it’s on the skin, remove any clothing that the poison touched and wash skin. For inhaled poison, get to fresh air right away.
In all of these situations, call the Wisconsin Poison Center at (800) 222-1222
The Wisconsin Poison Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the staff can answer any question you have. Help them out by avoiding home remedies or trying to make someone vomit. You could just make things worse. If a person is showing more immediate, dramatic symptoms, such as a seizure, collapse or stops breathing, call 911 right away.
Home should be considered one of the safest places a child can be. With just a little bit of common-sense prevention, it can definitely stay that way.