Outdoors

Children and Hidden Household Poisons

As a new parent, watching your baby grow and learn to explore the world is one of the most exciting things that you can experience. This time can also be filled with some worry about your child’s safety, especially where household chemicals are concerned. Keeping your curious little one safe from these is very easy to accomplish with a little bit of knowledge and the proper safety products.

Quick Tip

When using toxic chemicals try not to use them around your children, if possible. If you have to use the products around your children, be sure to keep the containers in your sight at all times.

HIDDEN HOUSEHOLD POISONS

The first home safety measure to take is knowing which products in your home are toxic for your children. Obvious dangers include things such as cleaning solutions, fluids for your vehicle, and medicines. Other hazards, on the other hand, aren’t quite as obvious to spot which can lead to them being overlooked.

The challenge is that some products that are safe for an adult when used properly can be fascinating yet harmful to a child. Some items to watch for are:
  • Toothpastes, mouthwashes and facial cleansers
  • Spices and cooking ingredients (may be fine in normal amounts, but not all at once)
  • Cosmetics, such as nail polishes, mascaras, and make-up removers
  • Jewelry and contact cleaning solutions
  • Plant foods, fertilizers and weed killers

Taking the time to read all of the product labels in your home is the easiest way to know which products should be stored properly.

STORAGE TIPS 

Simply knowing what items can be harmful is only one important safety measure to take. Another thing you should do is store these items safely.
  • Keep all products in their original containers so they are easily identifiable to anyone – allowing them the ability to determine if it is toxic
  • Whenever it is possible to do so, attempt to only buy products, chemical or otherwise, with child-resistant packaging
  • Install home safety products like doorknob covers, latches and locks to keep your children out of storage areas inside and outside of your home–including laundry rooms, garages and storage sheds
  • When using toxic chemicals try not to use them around your children, if possible. If you have to use the products around your children, be sure to keep the containers in your sight at all times
  • Always store toxic products in a place where your child can’t see or reach them
  • Keep the number for the Poison Help line on your refrigerator or next to your home’s phone – so others have easy access to it – as well as in your cell phone’s contact list. The number is 1-800-222-1222 and there are always specially trained professionals available

IN CASE OF ACCIDENTAL POISONING 

Despite taking all of the necessary precautions, accidents can still happen. If you suspect that your child may have been poisoned it is important to seek immediate help for them. A couple of things to know in the case of accidental poisoning:

  • Call 911 immediately if your child loses consciousness, is not breathing or begins to have seizures
  • If your child is conscious and breathing, you can call the Poison Help line for advice. You should not attempt to induce vomiting in anyway including through the use of ipecac or charcoal until you have spoken with someone from the help line or a trained medical professional

Keeping your curious babies safe from harm isn’t such a scary thing when you have the right knowledge and safety products. Checking the labels of products in your home for toxins and then remembering to safely lock them away are two of the easiest and best things you can do to protect your precious little ones.