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Having three little ones five years old and under I am always watching what they are doing and where they are going. I have cabinets locks in place and corner covers on furniture. As parents, no matter how many safety devices we have around the house we still need to be cautious when it comes to the everyday poisons in our homes. Many times we don’t even think about something as being “poison” but educating ourselves is the key to keeping our kids safe.
When it comes to everyday poisons we have to look at the things we wouldn’t typically think of, including things like cosmetics, button cell batteries and items in our laundry rooms. I keep my laundry detergents/supplies on a high shelf in my laundry room and the kids aren’t able to reach them, but have you ever really thought about these items to be poisonous? I hadn’t really thought much about it until now. Did you know that the journal Pediatrics has published a study of laundry detergent pods, finding that about one child is poisoned every hour. It is the first comprehensive study of data from the National Poison Data System. From 2012-2013, about 17,230 children under the age of 6 were injured by laundry detergent pods, 700 children were seriously sickened, and at least one child died.
My daughters are 3 and 1 and the stat that about three-quarters of incidents involved children under 3 years old truly scares me. About 80% of injuries occurred after the child swallowed the detergent. Injuries like corneal abrasions can also occur after a child squirts the detergent into their eyes. The problem with “pods” is that they contain a highly-concentrated formula with a higher amount of surfactant compared to regular detergent. These ingredients are more likely to cause serious side effects in children.
The everyday poisons in our home can be deadly if we don’t make sure they are out of reach or even out of the house completely. I hope you’ll share this information with your friends and family so we can keep all of our little ones safe!
What other items can be poisonous that one might not always consider?
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