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    Poisoning (Children)

    Call 911 if the child has taken poison and:

    • Is not breathing properly or having trouble breathing
    • Is unconscious or not alert
    • Has collapsed
    • Is having seizures
    • Poison has splashed on his face or eyes
    • Is acting differently
    • You have any concerns

    • Is not breathing properly or having trouble breathing
    • Is unconscious or not alert
    • Has collapsed
    • Is having seizures
    • Poison has splashed on his face or eyes
    • Is acting differently
    • You have any concerns

    Poisoning in children is serious, and you need to get emergency help immediately.

    When to Call Poison Control

    Call the poison control center at 800-222-1222 if you think your child has taken poison and he is alert or if your child has done any of these things and is alert:

    • Swallowed too much medicine or the wrong kind
    • Has pieces of pills on clothes or lips
    • Has a strange smell
    • Is vomiting
    • Is drooling a lot
    • Is alert but acting differently
    • Is confused
    • Has no energy

    Treat Symptoms as Directed

    • Follow the instructions of emergency personnel or poison control.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on September 15, 2015

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