Accidental Poisoning

Each year approximately 500,000 children swallow poisonous materials and of these approximately 400 die from swallowing things found in their homes.  Over 90% of all poisoning accidents involve children under 5 years old.

Prevention – Most poisonings can be prevented by the proper storage of drugs and household cleaners and chemicals.  Keep all potential poisons well secured and out of reach of all children.  In addition, many pharmacies have childproof containers available for their prescriptions.  Request that all your prescriptions be dispensed in these safety containers.

Treatment

If your child has swallowed a poison, call poison control at 404-616-9000 and follow their advice.