Thursday, 14 August 2014

7. Health Snippets - Poisoning

Our houses/basements/garden sheds are full of toxic substances which can cause harm if used wrongly.  Children are particularly vulnerable as they are naturally curious and have little sense of potential danger.

  • Store medications out of reach of children.  Ask for child-proof lids
  • Supervise when children take medications
  • Don't share medicine, only give it to the person it is prescribed for
  • Make sure you do not exceed the daily maximum dose of a medication.  For example if both mum and dad are giving paracetamol to a child, they need to communicate when a dose has been given to avoid over-dosing.

Cleaning Gear:
  • Store out of reach of children.  It is tempting to keep dishwashing tablets in the cupboard next to the dishwasher, but this is very harmful to children if swallowed.
  • Explain to your child that the bottles of cleaning materials are not to be played with and are dangerous.
  • Keep your garden shed locked if it contains poisons.

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