Young children are curious and like to put things in their mouth. Ordinary products used by adults each day around the home can become dangerous poisons in the hands of a child. The National Safety Council estimates that 40,000 children younger than age 4 are injured by unintentional poisonings every year.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission requires safety caps on a variety of commonly used household products.
Online Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyhttp://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/child-ten-tips.htm
Online Source: FDAhttp://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm101653.htm
Online Source: American Academy of Pediatricshttp://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/Tips-for-Poison-Prevention-and-Treatment.aspx
Online Source: National Safety Councilhttp://www.nsc.org/safety_home/resources/pages/poisoning.aspx
Online Source: Prevention of poisoning in children, UpToDatehttp://www.uptodate.com
Online Editor: Geller, Arlene
Online Medical Reviewer: Gomez, Wanda, RN, Ph.D.
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 4/29/2013
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