In 2010, more than 68,000 children were treated in Emergency Departments for unintentional poisoning-related incidents. Almost 72 percent of those treated were under five years of age.
Little hands can lead to big trouble. As your baby begins toddling around the house, toxic substances in drawers and cabinets are within reach. Children at this age also begin to imitate others’ behaviors, so it is important to model safety first. McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal offers the following safety tips for protecting your child from a poison-related injury at home.
In the bathroom
In the kitchen
Around the house
For more information about preventing childhood injury, call McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal at (843) 777-5021 to speak to an Injury Prevention Specialist. You can also visit www.McLeodSafeKids.org or find the group on Facebook under McLeod Safe Kids. McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal is funded in part by the McLeod Health Foundation.