Poisoning is among the top ten most common accidents among children. Every day 2 children die of poisoning and 300 are admitted to the emergency department for related incidents. Items you might not otherwise think as poisonous are popular causes, along with not properly child proofing the home and supervising children as closely as they need to be. Take these 5 precautions and share with the parents you care about to protect the small children you know from this potential harm.

Baby proof your home

Although there is no replacement for proper supervision, cabinet locking products are among the best measures you can take to prevent children from getting into the dangerous products in your home. It only takes seconds to minutes for a child to find new things to explore. It’s in their DNA to find and put things in their mouth upon discovery. Not only are cleaning chemicals a risk, but plants, cosmetics, and coins. There has been a rise in consumption of dishwasher and clothing detergents since they’ve been made into pods that look like candy to a child. The most popular choking hazard is coins. Baby-proofing droors, especially bedside and junk droors, is also a great idea. Find the baby proof section at your local Target or Toys ‘R’ Us branch. To really determine what you need and how you can re-arrange your home, consider crawling on the floor at the level your baby or child would. This will allow you to see what they see, and what they have the potential to get into!

Have emergency contact information readily available

You will have a babysitter eventually, and anyone who watches your child should have access to a list of contacts on the fridge. First your phone numbers, other emergency contact people, and finally the national Poison Control Center phone number which is 1-800-222-1222. Other numbers you might include are the non-emergency police phone number, the fire department, the nearest emergency room, your regular doctor’s office, and of course, 9-1-1. There are magnets made specifically for keeping these numbers securely to your fridge. Be sure to remind your sitter any information you want them to know and where they can find the things they’ll need.

Know where the nearest emergency room is

In case of an urgent situation without anytime permitting to call a professional, you’ll want to head straight to the nearest emergency room. It’s great to have the address programmed to your phone, GPS, or on your refrigerator with your emergency contact information, but it’s even better to have driven there yourself and know how to get their by memory as well.

Know the symptoms of poisoning

You may not know that your child has gotten a hold of a medication and you should know the signs of poisoning so that you can catch it after it’s happened even though you didn’t see it. Symptoms include:

-Difficulty breathing

-Blurred vision




-Loss of muscle control


-Fever and more

If you notice anything out of the ordinary, call poison control to confirm what you are noticing and be walked through the process of evaluating the situation. Always try your best to remain calm. Deep breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth can calm your heart and override the panic you can feel from the stress hormone, Cortisol.

Greenify the home further

If at all possible, having the greenest home possible can lessen the chances your child would be harmed by the products kept in your home. There are ways to make your own cleaning products, or you can buy them from the store. More than looking for the terms “Green”, “Non-toxic”, and “Natural”, read the ingredients yourself to determine the contents are safe.