Poison Control

Must-know facts that can help you save your child's life

Know the Signs

Last year, more than a million children age 5 and under were poisoned. Young kids are especially at risk: Their natural curiosity leads them to put things in their mouth, and they also metabolize toxic substances faster than adults do. Most poisonings can be treated at home by calling your local poison-control center and following instructions. Here, how to make your home safe and what to do if your child swallows something toxic.

Know the Signs

If you suspect that your child has been poisoned and she exhibits any of these symptoms, call poison control.

  • Unexplained nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Chest or abdominal pain
  • Headache or blurred vision
  • Suspicious stains on clothing
  • Numbness, chills, or fever
  • Burns or rash on lips, mouth, or skin
  • Unusual drooling or odor on breath
  • Difficulty breathing*
  • Sudden behavior changes (sleepiness, irritability, jumpiness)*
  • Seizures, convulsions, or unconsciousness (only in extreme cases)*

*Call 911 or poison control at 1-800-222-1222 immediately

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