There are many myths when it comes to poisonings. While some things may seem harmless, they can actually be quite dangerous. In this blog the Texas Poison Center Network breaks down a few of the myths and back it up with the actual facts. So what are some myths and facts about poisonings and prevention?
Myth #1: Putting products up high will prevent poisonings.
As children grow, they learn to climb on chairs and counters. Putting poisons in locked cabinets will be more useful after children reach the climbing stage. So while keeping dangerous products up high out of reach is a good idea, it is best to keep them locked up too.
Myth #2: Use of “natural” products prevents poisonings.
Plants are natural and can be poisonous. Natural home remedies and health food products may also be hazardous to children and adults in certain situations. Just because something is natural does not mean it is safe. Make sure to check with a doctor or call poison control first if you are unsure about using a product.
Myth #3: Children won’t eat bad-tasting things.
Some children are more adventurous in their eating habits than others, but many children will still eat yucky things such as dirt, trash, feces, batteries, coins, mothballs, spit tobacco, roaches, and more. Keep this in mind and always keep your eyes on your children and keep dangerous items stored high and locked up.
Myth #4: All poisonings can be prevented by locking up poisons.
Latches and locks are a great way to reduce access to hazards. But, many poisonings occur when a product is out for use or display. Examples include cleaning day, using scented plug-ins, holiday plants, lamp oil, cigarettes, mixed drinks, taking medication, etc. If you are worried that someone you know might have been accidentally poisoned, please contact a poison center for help at 1-800-222-1222.
Myth #5: It’s safe to eat plants that are eaten by birds and animals.
Not every species can eat the same plants safely
Myth #6: Some medicine caps are child-proof and kids can’t get into them.
Difficult-to-open caps are called child-resistant closures. There is no such thing as child-proof. Child resistant means that they simply take longer to open, in the hopes that an adult will discover what a child is doing before the cap is pried off. Never leave medication where a child can access it.
Myth #7: All poisoning cases should be treated in the hospital.
This is probably the biggest myth of all! Did you know most poisonings can be treated at home with the guidance of experts on the poison center hotline? It’s true! Most unintentional poisonings can be treated at home saving you time and money.
The Texas Poison Center Network is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us anytime, anywhere for your poison emergency at 1-800-222-1222.
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