HOW TO PREVENT POISONING
It's not child's play
DID YOU KNOW?
Children younger than five years of age are at risk because:
- They learn and explore by putting things in their mouth.
- They are unable to recognize bad odours and flavours.
- They are attracted to colourful packaging.
- They can’t tell the difference between tablets and sweets.
COMMON POISONOUS SUBSTANCES AT HOME:
- Household products
- Plants, berries and mushrooms
- Inflammable liquids
- Button-sized batteries
HOW TO PREVENT POISONING:
- Always store all poisonous products out of sight and reach of children, e.g. in a locked cupboard, high up where the children can’t reach.
- Always safely store poisonous substances immediately after use.
- Remember that childproof containers are not 100% childproof.
- Keep handbag that contain medicines or cosmetics out of reach.
- Dispose of unnecessary medication safely and quickly.
- Do not share medication.
- Always read medicine instructions carefully and administer the prescribed dose.
- Always administer medicine in a well-lit room.
- Always keep a record of medicine administered.
- Never refer to medicines as sweets or lollies to make them more attractive.
- Always leave chemicals and detergents in their original containers, don’t transfer them to cooldrink bottles.
- Keep loose batteries and battery-controlled devices away from children and place a piece of sticky tape over the battery case.
- Teach your children about the dangers of eating anything from the garden.
|Acid||Dishwashing powder||Oven cleaner|
|Battery acid||Drain cleaner||Paraffin|
|Benzine||Hydrochloric acid||Toilet cleaner|
|Camphorated oil||Iron tablets||Turpentine|
|Caustic soda||Metal cleaners||Varnish|
|Chlorine||Mineral turpentine||Washing soda|
|Condy’s Crystals||Oil-based paint||White spirits|
Do not make the child vomit. Do not give them anything to drink or eat. Take them to the hospital immediately and quickly.
|Bleach||Fertilizer||Milk fluoride tablets|
|Dishwashing liquid||Hair dye/colour||Soap|
|Fabric dye||Hair perm chemicals||Window cleaner|
|Fabric softener||Hair straighteners|
|Laundry detergents||Hydrogen peroxide|
Do not make the child vomit. Immediately give them half a cup of milk or water. Contact your local poison centre.
Give the child half a cup of water. Contact your local poison centre.
|Carbon tetrachloride||Liniments||Rat bait|
|Cough syrup||Nail varnish remover||Snail bait|
|INFANTS:||1 g charcoal per kg of child’s weight.||Give the child active activated charcoal to absorb the poison. Contact the poison centre to take them to hospital.|
|CHILDREN:||Mix 15–30 g charcoal with 240 ml water.|
|ADULTS:||Mix 50–100 g charcoal with 300–500 ml water.|
For emergency Contact Numbers - see our Crisis Page