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March 2014 • #71
A Note from the Medical Editor
A child’s curiosity can be dangerous when it comes to household cleaners, personal care products, and over-the-counter medications. These products, found in most homes, lead the list of accidental poisons.
If your child has come in contact with any poison, call the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Program it in your cell phone now, so you don’t forget!

In this newsletter, you’ll find helpful and possibly life-saving tips on how to prevent these situations and how to be prepared if one occurs.

~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,
Featured Articles
Childproofing Your Home
Infants and toddlers love to explore things, often with their mouths. Here are some things to keep in mind when going through each room in your home. Go >
Laundry Room and Detergent Safety
Detergent in single-use laundry packets is very concentrated and can be toxic if swallowed. Here’s how to properly handle and store laundry products. Go >
How to Safely Dispose Old Medicines
Medicines can be harmful if taken past the expiration date. Check the label each time you give a child medicine, and learn what to do if it’s expired. Go >
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Keep loose and spare batteries locked away and store any product that uses button batteries out of your child’s reach.
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AAP Invites Children to Enter Art Contest!
For the 10th annual Children’s Art Contest, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) invites children to create a piece of original artwork on the theme, “Helping Others to be Healthy and Happy.” Encourage your child to enter for a chance to win a trip to San Diego, CA! Learn more here.
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