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How to Prevent Poisoning

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: October 2001
Last Revision Date: April 2002

Common Questions, Quick Answers

How can my child be poisoned?

What do I have around my house that's dangerous?
Keep alcohol out of the reach of children. Many other products around your house could be poisonous:

Pills, medicine
Household products
Garage, work room
Laundry room

Tell children not to eat leaves or berries from indoor or outdoor plants. Clear children and toys from yard before you use pesticides or fertilizer. Let the grass dry before the children come back. Consider making some areas "off limits" to your children.

Where should I store poisonous substances?

How do I get rid of poisonous substances?

Are child-resistant containers safe?

What should I know about medicine?

What can I do to prevent an emergency?

What do I do if I think my child has been poisoned?
If you think your child has been poisoned, call the Poison Control Center, your doctor, or 911 immediately.

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