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Do these things before you call someone:
IF EXPOSED TO GASES OR FUMES:
CALL Universal Poison Control
|Identify yourself and the patient. Give the patient's age and weight.|
|Give your phone number so you can be reached if your call is accidentally disconnected.|
|Have the poison container available and read the label. Estimate the amount taken.|
There is always time to act. You will be instructed what to do next.
If the Poison Control Center thinks a hospital visit is needed, they will dispatch emergency services for you.
|Take the poison and its container, plant, etc., to the hospital.|
|Do not attempt any additional first aid unless your doctor or the Poison Control Center has instructed you to do so.|
|Keep calm if a poisoning has occurred.|
|Do not delay in seeking advice.|
|Keep all drugs and dangerous household chemicals locked up.|
|Never place a dangerous chemical in a beverage container.|
|Do not rely on resistant caps. Children can open them.|
|Do not store drugs in purses or drawers or in the medicine cabinet.|
|Never call medicine "candy."|
Syrup of ipecac is a drug that was used in the past to make children vomit after they had swallowed a poison. Although this may seem to make sense, this is not a good poison treatment. You should not make a child vomit in any way, including giving him syrup of ipecac, making him gag or giving him saltwater. If you have syrup of ipecac in your home, flush it down the toilet and throw away the container.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
"The ingestion of a potentially poisonous substance by a young child is a common event, with the American Association of Poison Control Centers reporting approximately 1.2 million such events in the United States in 2001. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has long concerned itself with this issue and has made poison prevention an integral component of its injury prevention initiatives. A key AAP recommendation has been to keep a 1-oz bottle of syrup of ipecac in the home to be used only on the advice of a physician or poison control center. Recently, there has been interest regarding activated charcoal in the home as a poison treatment strategy. After reviewing the evidence, the AAP believes that ipecac should no longer be used routinely as a home treatment strategy, that existing ipecac in the home should be disposed of safely, and that it is premature to recommend the administration of activated charcoal in the home. The first action for a caregiver of a child who may have ingested a toxic substance is to consult with the local poison control center. "
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First Aid for Poisoning