Children are naturally curious and love to explore. Young children especially like to explore by putting things in their mouths.
Before or as soon as your child begins crawling or walking, take extra steps to make sure harmful items are out of reach, out of sight, and ideally stored in a cabinet with lock or safety latch. Check each room of your home for these potential hazards:
Dishwashing detergent (liquid, powdered, or single-use packets or tablets)
Drain openers and toilet bowl cleaners
Laundry detergent (liquid, powdered, or single-use packets or tablets)
Personal and hygiene products
Nail polish removers
Perfume and aftershave
Items that may be in your basement or garage
Other home dangers
Nicotine, including e-cigarette refills &cigarettes
Liquid nicotine e-cigarette refills can be extremely dangerous, even fatal, for a child. Keep all nicotine product, including traditional cigarettes, ou of sight and reach of children.
Alcohol can be very poisonous to a young child. Remember to empty any unfinished drinks right away.
Keep in mind that children may get into trash containers. Trash containers that contain spoiled food, sharp objects (like discarded razor blades), or batteries should have a child-resistant cover or be kept out of a child's reach.
Purses and other bags that hold potential hazards, including medicines, should be kept out of a child's reach too.
Certain houseplants may be harmful if children get ahold of them. Call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222 for a list or description of plants to avoid. You may want to do without houseplants for a while or, at the very least, keep all houseplants out of reach.
What to do in case of poisoning
If you find your child with an open or empty container of a dangerous nonfood item, your child may have been poisoned.
Stay calm and act quickly.
Get the item away from your child. If there is still some in your child's mouth, make your child spit it out or remove it with your fingers. Keep this material along with anything else that might help determine what your child swallowed.
Do not make your child vomit because it may cause more damage.
If your child is unconscious, not breathing, or having convulsions or seizures, call 911 or your local emergency number right away.
If your child does not have these symptoms, call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222. You may be asked for the following information:
Your name and phone number
Your child's name, age, and weight
Any medical conditions your child has
Any medicine your child is taking
The name of the item your child swallowed
The time your child swallowed the item (or when you found your child), and the amount you think was swallowed
If the poison is very dangerous, or if your child is very young, you may be told to take your child to the nearest hospital. If your child is not in danger, the Poison Help staff will tell you what to do to help your child at home.