Children under the age of six are at greatest risk for becoming poisoned . In fact, nearly one-half of the poisoning cases managed by the New Mexico Poison Center involve chidren under the age of six years.
Several factors, such as boundless curiosity, can contribute to the poisoning of a young child; however research shows that most childhood poisonings occur when a product is in use. Therefore, it is important to take care when using a potentially poisonous product. Never leave a child alone with a poisonous product. If you become distracted while using a poisonous product, for example by the doorbell or telephone, always take the child with you.
Keep all medicine, personal care and household products locked up, where children cannot see them or reach them.
Use child-resistant caps correctly, but remember child-resistant does not mean child-proof.
Keep medicines in their original, labeled, child-resistant containers.
Follow label instructions and warnings.
Call medicine "medicine" not "candy." Medicines often look and taste like candy.
Do not take medicines in front of children because children imitate adults.
Personal Care and Household Products
Store products in their original, labeled containers.
Read labels and follow directions carefully.
Store poisonous products away from food so there is no confusion.
The Danger Rangers is an award winning animated series that teaches children (pre - K through 3rd grade) positive role modeling and lifesaving problem solving skills in a variety of injury related areas. Videos, family activities, lesson plans and prevention tips are available.
The SafeKids Web site offers information on poison prevention for children of all age groups. Additional injury prevention information, such as fire safety, can also be found at this Web site.
The Up and Away Web site, an initiative of the Centers of Disease Control and PROTECT, educates parents about medication safety and children.
Visit our Tweens and Teens page to find out more about how you can protect older children from the substances of abuse, such as synthetic drugs, that are a common cause of poisonings among this age group.
Visit our News and Events page to find out about the latest poisoning trends and to learn more about scheduled presentations and important events, such as the National Poison Prevention Week. Parents can check this page to find out about dangerous products and substances of abuse that could be a potential threat to their children.