May 29, 2013
Post By: Children's Health
Danger Zone: Nearly 90% of poison exposures occur in the home.
Krystle Garrett took every precaution to child-proof her house, even putting locks on her cabinet doors though her 5-year-old son, Chandler, had never tried to open them.
Then one day Krystle walked in the house from work and found Chandler in his room finishing off nine packets of Children’s Tylenol pills. “He was putting on his pajamas after his bath and found the packets in my makeup bag in a cabinet,” says Krystle. “I was scared.”
Krystle’s immediate response was the right one, according to Collin Goto, M.D., a pediatric toxicologist at Children’s Medical Center. She called Poison Control and brought Chandler to the Children’s Emergency Department, where the staff monitored him for five hours before discharging him.
Krystle’s best advice for parents : “Put things out of reach and double lock all cabinets. Our cabinets had childproof locks, and he was still able to get in.”
Among children ages 5 and under, 60% of poisoning exposures are by non-pharmaceutical products such as cosmetics, cleaning substances, plants, foreign bodies and toys, pesticides, art supplies and alcohol; 40% are by pharmaceuticals. Source: Safe Kids Worldwide
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