Pre-teens and teens make up about 17 percent of cases managed by the Maryland Poison Center annually. Studies suggest you should start talking with children about substances when they are an early pre-teen. Let’s review medicines and other substances they may be using.
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.
What’s your poison? Coffee or tea? Coke or Pepsi? Monster or Red Bull? Chocolate? No matter which one you pick, each contains caffeine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that 80% of adults in the U.S. consume some form of caffeine every day.
We’ll be taking a look at some of the most common substances we receive calls about over the next few months. This month, let’s take a closer look at the top three poisons seen among children ages 0-19 years.
In 2017, the Maryland Poison Center (MPC) responded to roughly 32,000 calls about exposures in people. Learn about the top three exposures for every age group based on the calls we received.
Some people think OTC medicines are safer than prescription medicines. But, all medicines can be harmful if not used correctly. Follow these tips to make sure your family uses OTC medicines safely.