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Here are steps to take if poison has been swallowed, inhaled, injected or contacted eyes or skin and what to do about bites or stings:
Some products can be fatal if swallowed. Too much medicine can also be life threatening, especially to children.
Call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222. The specialist will determine if further treatment is needed.
Some products can actually take your breath away when inhaled.
While some can be fatal, others may cause only degrees of coughing and shortness of breath. These symptoms may worsen over time.
Call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222. The specialist can determine if further treatment is needed.
Some products are very strong and can cause permanent injury to the eye and may need to be treated in the emergency room. Other exposures may be managed at home with a proper eye flush.
Some products are very strong and can cause burns to the skin.
While some products can be treated at home, others may need further treatment in the emergency room.
Some products injected into layers under the skin or into a vein can be fatal. It is important to always call the poison center if something has accidentally been injected or if the person was trying to inflict harm to himself or herself.
Treatment for bites and stings varies greatly depending on what caused the symptoms. Therefore, it is always important to call the poison center for specific treatment.
Activities can impress upon children what is safe and what isn’t. Have your kids look at the two worksheets below and discuss the dangers.
Point out the objects that are safe for children.
Point out the objects that are harmful to children.
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