Apart from playing a key role in formulating treatment plans for sick patients, poison control centers reduce overall healthcare costs by preventing unnecessary ER visits and hospitalizations. This conserves healthcare resources for those requiring it the most and has proven beneficial especially during the current pandemic.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020
September is Baby Safety Month. With children at home more than ever, it is even more important that medications and cleaners, just to name a few of the dangers lurking at home, are locked and stored up and away and out of sight of young children. Having babies in the home can be an exciting time. To keep your home safe and fun for the little ones, make sure to follow these important tips from the Texas Poison Center Network.
Poison Safety Tips
First and foremost, pull out your cell phone and
save this number, you never know when you might need it! Poison Center Help: 1-800-222-1222.
When it comes to measuring medications for
babies, always use measuring syringes or dropper provided with the medication from
the pharmacist or doctor. Also, always make sure you give them the correct
Cleaning products, usually stored under cabinets,
should be moved to another location that is out of sight and out of reach of
Remember, once your baby is crawling, he or she
can get to anything on the floor. That means you want to ensure there are no
dangers within reach (roach bait, rat poison, medications dropped by mistake,
Medicine needs to be out of reach and locked up
and away too. Is a purse or a nightstand a good place for your medications? Not
with a baby or children around. Lock them up somewhere out of reach.
Children’s medicines, like vitamins and cough
syrup, can taste great to kids! If your child can get to these medicines, he or
she may take the entire bottle. Keep all
medicines locked up and out of reach.
Check your yard for any poisonous plants or
flowers too. You never know what babies will put in their mouth.
These are just a few important tips to help ensure your baby
stays poison-free. For more information on poison control and tips for
babysitters and more, please visit the Texas Poison Center Network website at www.poisoncontrol.org. And if you EVER
find yourself or a loved one in a poison emergency, please do not hesitate to
call us for help at 1-800-222-1222.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final limit on the amounts of arsenic in baby rice cereal. This is the first time the FDA has put any limits on any food that could contain arsenic.
It is widely
known that white cereals with certain grains can sometimes contain arsenic, but
rice cereals can be much higher. Rice cereals, due to their absorption rate, may
contain up to ten times more of the heavy metal.
What is Arsenic?
the CDC, arsenic is a naturally occurring element that can combine with either
inorganic or organic substances to form many different compounds. Simply stated,
inorganic arsenic compounds can be found in soils, sediments, and groundwater.
These compounds can happen either naturally or because of mining, smelting, or
when using arsenic for industrial purposes. Organic arsenic compounds, on the
other hand, are found primarily in fish and shellfish.
Back in the day people used inorganic forms of arsenic in pesticides and paint
pigment. People also used them thinking they were good for preserving woods as well
a way to treat a variety of ailments. Luckily, we know better now and there are
laws that restrict using arsenic-containing pesticides, wood preservatives, and
Effects of Arsenic on Your Health
the CDC, large doses of inorganic arsenic can cause symptoms ranging from
nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea to dehydration and shock. Long-term exposure can
cause certain medical conditions such as skin disorders, high blood pressure,
and even several types of cancer.
The FDA has
now established a limit for inorganic arsenic of 100 parts per billion (ppb) in
baby food. This is a voluntary limit and unenforceable currently. With the
cooperation of makers of these products, we can hope to see arsenic completely
out of baby foods. For more information on arsenic in food products, please
visit the FDA link here.
If you or a
loved one is experience symptoms like these, please reach out to the Texas
Poison Center Network for guidance and help. We are available 24 hours a day, 7
days a week at 1-800-222-1222.