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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • What's the solution? Poison prevention

  • The problem
    According to a press release from the Poison Control Center, more than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the nation's poison centers. In Kansas alone, the Poison Control Center received over 30,000 calls in 2012. Approximately three out of every four of those calls were for a child under the age of five. The majority of child poison exposures are from medication.
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  • The problem
    According to a press release from the Poison Control Center, more than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the nation's poison centers. In Kansas alone, the Poison Control Center received over 30,000 calls in 2012. Approximately three out of every four of those calls were for a child under the age of five. The majority of child poison exposures are from medication.
    The status
    It is natural for children to want to explore their surroundings, which can lead to dangerous and even deadly consequences. As National Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23) approaches, parents are urged to make sure they store poisonous materials, including medications, out of their children's reach.
    The solution
    Safe Kids Kansas encourages parents to call the poison center's toll free hotline at (800) 222-1222 if they suspect their child has ingested something poisonous. The press release states that if a child is choking, having trouble breathing or having a seizure, call 911 instead.
    Here are some additional tips to prevent accidental poisoning from Safe Kids Kansas and the Poison Control Center:
    • Always store medications and vitamins up and away in a locked location, and out of sight of children.
    • Never give adult medications to children.
    • Never call medication candy or tell children it tastes like candy.
    • Always use the dosing device packaged with the medications. Never use a household utensil, such as a teaspoon or tablespoon, to measure medication.
    • Remind grandparents, baby-sitters and visitors to keep purses and bags that contain medicine up and away when they visit your home.
    • Parents and grandparents should be mindful of weekly pill-minders. While convenient for keeping track of dosages of medications, they are also easy for kids to open. If you use these, keep them out of sight and reach of children.

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