Contact Poison Control right away if you suspect a poisoning. Help is available online with
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Call 911 right away if the individual collapses, has a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened.
Mixed up your meds? Found a loose pill? Worried that your refill looks different? Fortunately, most medications can be identified from the letters and numbers imprinted on the pill.
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Splashed it in your eye? Remove contact lenses and irrigate (rinse) with room temperature water, right away. Every second matters. Use room-temperature water poured onto the bridge of the nose. Blink constantly, allowing the water to gently run into the eye. Irrigate for 15 to 20 minutes, then call Poison Control.
Swallowed batteries burn through a child's esophagus in just 2 hours, leading to surgery, months with feeding and breathing tubes, and even death. About the size of a nickel, 20 mm, 3-volt lithium coin cells are the most hazardous as they are big enough to get stuck and burn faster. Secure battery compartments and keep loose batteries away from children.
Electronic cigarettes (e-Cigs) are devices made to look like real cigarettes. They contain a battery, a heater, and liquid nicotine. When heated, the nicotine liquid becomes a vapor, which users inhale. Liquid nicotine products contain flavorings and something to help the product vaporize. Liquid nicotine products are very poisonous if swallowed.
It's not an intriguing or novel hazard, just the persistent, invisible killer: carbon monoxide. Seriously, you still don't have a carbon monoxide alarm in every sleeping area of your home? Get one! And keep fuel-burning appliances in good repair; don't use grills or gasoline-powered tools indoors, and don't run your car in an attached garage or place a generator close to your home.
Ice packs are common household items, which makes them accessible to small children. There are many different types of reusable ice packs. Typically, unintentionally swallowing some of their liquid contents causes minor effects such as mouth irritation. However, depending on the ingredients and the amount swallowed, ice packs do have the potential to cause toxicity.
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With the onset of coronavirus (COVID-19), schools, day cares, and businesses are closed. Many of us are working remotely while trying to juggle the family. Hand sanitizer, cleaning products, and wipes, are within close reach of our children. Our use of medications may be different than it was last week. Chloroquine is a new household word. These changes make it a prime time for unintentional poisonings to happen right at home. Contact Poison Control FIRST for poison help.
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