Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Five Ways To Protect Your Children From Household Poisons

Five Ways To Protect Your Children From Household Poisons

 A staggering 2 million poisonings happening in the US each year.  This article alarmed me and I know about the dangers lurking in the household.  I hope the article below helps to prevent such devastating incidents from occurring.



LOS ANGELES — More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to poison centers across the United States, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Half of those calls involve children under 6 years old.

As part of National Poison Prevention Week, March 19-25, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) pediatric medical toxicologist Cyrus Rangan, M.D., assistant medical director of the California Poison Control System, is stressing poison prevention in homes, where 80 percent of poison control calls originate. Dr. Rangan says CHLA alone treated almost 100 cases of poison exposure in 2016, mostly related to kids ingesting household items or unsecured medications. Different poisons can trigger numerous severe reactions, from trouble breathing to accelerated heart rate to blocked intestines and even affected mental states.

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