Syrup of Ipecac
The risk: For years, doctors recommended keeping a bottle on hand to induce vomiting in case of poisoning. However, the AAP now advises against using ipecac because the latest research has found that vomiting may be dangerous. "Some toxic substances can cause more damage coming up than they do going down in the first place," says Dr. Shu, coauthor of Heading Home with Your Newborn.
Safe strategy: Throw out your ipecac, and keep potential poisons locked out of reach. If your child ingests something poisonous, call Poison Control at 800-222-1222.