Thursday, 14 August 2014

7. Health Snippets - Poisoning

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.

Medications:
  • 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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