Ingested poison treatment chart

by Sandy

Ingested Poison

Save your child’s life in the event of an ingested poison incident.

Ingested PoisonSwallowed  poison, also referred to as “ingested poison” is one of the main emergencies when it comes to children and accidental deaths in a home.

It is therefore imperative that you, the parent, knows what to do in the event that one of your precious kids manages to get at and swallow something that may be dangerous to his or her health.

No matter how careful you are, accidents of this nature happen.  It may not happen in your home but it could easily happen in the home of someone you are visiting who is not as aware as you are of the potential dangers within his or her house.

Unfortunately, it is not unusual for a parent to go into a state of panic when his or her child is the victim of an ingested poison.  Believe me, I know! It happened to me when my son was less than a year old. You cannot simply induce vomiting.

My husband and I had been visiting a bachelor friend and my son was crawling and toddling all over the place.  The friend reassured us that there was nothing to worry about.  He was quite convinced that there was nothing dangerous that the child could get at.

He was wrong!  There was caustic soda (drain cleaner) placed invitingly on the bottom shelf of an open kitchen cupboard and that is precisely what my son tried to swallow.

Fortunately it was only in his month, but had he actually swallowed the substance and had I tried to induce vomiting I would very likely have caused a lot of damage to his stomach, throat and mouth.

If you do not want your child to become a victim because of ingested poison you are going to have to make sure that everything that could possibly be poisonous or toxic is locked up securely on a high shelf.

An ingested poison treatment chart is available below below for your use, should your child swallow something toxic.

If you would like your own single page color-coded copy  (you can make several copies that can be  laminated and kept handy in your home and motor vehicle)  then please complete the form at the top right and I will send it to you along with an Emergency First Aid eBook as a gift.

 

EMERGENCY INGESTED POISON TREATMENT CHART
(SWALLOWED POISON)

Sandy Du Plessis – http://www.KidsHomeSafety.com

ACID

FABRIC SOFTENER

OVEN CLEANER

DO NOT make child vomit

DO NOT give child
anything to eat or drink

WEED KILLER –give Activated Charcoal – if available

CONTACT POISON CONTROL

GET CHILD TO HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY

ALCOHOL

FERTILIZER

PAINT (OIL)

AMMONIA

FIRELIGHTERS

PAINT REMOVER

ASPRIN

FLUORIDE TABLETS

PARACETAMOL

BATTERY ACID

GLUE (CONTACT)

PARAFIN

BATTERY (BUTTON)

GLUE (OTHER)

PESTICIDES

BENZINE

HYDROCHLORIC ACID

PERFUME

BLEACH

HAIR DYE

PETROL/GASOLINE

GIVE child half a cup of milk
or water immediately

CONTACT POISON CONTROL

CAMPHOR OIL

HAIR (PERM LOTION)

PILLS

CARBON TETRACHLORIDE

HAIR STRAIGHTENER

RAT BAIT

CAUSTIC SODA

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

SHAMPOO

DO NOT make child vomit

FLOURID TABS
give half cup milk only

Other tabs – give half cup milk or water immediately

CONTACT POISON CONTROL CENTER

CHLORINE (POOL)

IRON TABLETS

SNAIL BAIT

CONDI’S CRYSTALS

INSECT REPELLENT

SOAP (LAUNDRY POWDER)

COSMETICS

INSECTICIDE

TABLETS

COUGH SYRUP

LINIMENTS

TURPENTINE

DEODORANTS

MEDICINES (ORAL)

VARNISH

DETERGENTS

METAL CLEANER POLISH

TOILET CLEANER

GIVE activated charcoal
if available to absorb poison

INFANT – 1g Activated
Charcoal per kg with water

CHILDREN – 15 to 30g
single dose mixed with 240ml water

 

DISH-WASHING LIQUID

MOTHBALLS

VITAMINS

DISHWASHER POWDER

NAIL ENAMEL REMOVER

WASHING POWDER

DISINFECTANTS

WINDOW CLEANER

DRAIN CLEANER

WHITE SPIRITS

FABRIC

WEED KILLER

Never give syrup of ipecac

 

You owe it to yourself and your family to know what you must do in the event of an incident involving ingested poison.

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