People often think that poison centers are only for little kids, but that’s not true. Poison centers are for everyone, including tweens and teens. It’s important that tweens and teens are familiar with safety tips and tools to keep themselves safe.
Child-resistant packaging first came into Americans’ lives in 1970. Hundreds of children had been dying each year after getting into household products and medicines. Then the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) was signed into law.
Children under the age of six accounted for 36% of cases at the Maryland Poison Center (MPC) in 2019. One common reason for unintentional exposures in children is that they are not able to tell the difference between products that look alike. Teach young children to “Stop, Ask First” before touching, tasting, or smelling something.
Buying a present for a child this year? Chances are that at least one item on their list will be a toy. As you begin to shop for the holiday season, be aware that there could be hidden dangers for children in some of these gifts.
Poison centers in the US started receiving calls about exposures to single load laundry packets, more commonly known as laundry pods, in 2012. These exposures were most common in kids 5 and under. Since 2015, the number of exposures reported