Children act fast, but so do poisons

Most poisoning emergencies are unexpected and happen quickly in our homes. A majority of non-fatal poisonings involve children younger than six. And for adults, poisoning is the No. 1 cause of injury death in the United States. This week is National Poison Prevention Week, so it’s a good time to think about what you would do in a poisoning emergency.

Are young children most at risk for a poisoning accident?

In 2016, poisoning was the third leading cause of unintentional injury deaths among all Idahoans, with children younger than 6 being most at risk. It is extremely important for parents of small children to keep medications, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and other potentially poisonous items out of their reach. The Nebraska Regional Poison Center, which receives all of Idaho’s poison emergency calls, had more than 13,000 calls in 2016 from Idaho residents. And the majority of those calls were from parents of children ages 6 and younger.  Continue reading

Children act fast, and so do poisons. Would you know what to do in an emergency?

Most poisoning emergencies are unexpected and happen quickly in our homes. The majority of non-fatal poisonings involve children younger than 6. And for adults, poisoning is the No. 1 cause of injury death in the United States. This week is National Poison Prevention Week, so it’s a good time to think about what you would do in a poisoning emergency.

Are young children most at-risk for a poisoning accident?

In 2014, poisoning was the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths among all Idahoans, with children younger than 6 being most at-risk. It is extremely important for parents of small children to keep medications, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and other potentially poisonous items out of their reach. The Nebraska Regional Poison Center, which receives all of Idaho’s calls, had more than 15,000 calls in 2014 from Idaho residents. The majority of those were from parents of children ages 6 and younger. Continue reading

Bleach, bug spray, hydrocarbons, bug bites and stings could send you to the emergency room this summer

The Idaho Poison Center is getting ready for summer, which is the busiest time of year for the hotline. Bleach (especially if it’s been rainy, and mold and mildew is growing), bug bites and stings, insect repellent, hydrocarbons and food safety are some of the most common topics for calls the center receives at this time of year.

Stings and bites from insects could mean a call to the Idaho Poison Center.

Stings and bites from insects could mean a call to the Idaho Poison Center.

Nurses at the Idaho Poison Center are available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Program the center’s number, 1-800-222-1222, into your cellphone so you have it handy no matter where you are. Continue reading