Preventing Poisoning in Young Children - Topic Overview
Alcohol and medicines
Keep alcohol, medicines (including vitamins),
tobacco products, and dietary supplements out of the sight and reach of children.
Aspirin is a common source of childhood poisoning, especially flavored "baby"
aspirin. And children sometimes eat cigarettes.
Do not take
medicines in front of your young child. Children like to mimic adult actions.
They may eat something inappropriate in an attempt to be like you.
Educate your child about the effects of alcohol and medicines.
Never call medicines "candy."
Keep medicines in their
original labeled containers.
over-the-counter medicines that have child-resistant
Check the expiration dates on medicines. Mix old
medicines into coffee grounds or cat litter and put them in the trash. Don't
flush them down the toilet.
Chemicals and fumes
Never mix chemicals.
cleaners or chemicals in their original containers.