Poison Control tells you what to do if you swallow, splash, or get stung by something that might be harmful.
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Call 911 right away if the individual collapses, has a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can’t be awakened.
Mixed up your meds? Found a loose pill? Worried that your refill looks different? Fortunately, most medications can be identified from the letters and numbers imprinted on the pill.
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A lick of hand sanitizer will not be fatal to a child or anyone else. Hand sanitizers do contain alcohol and should be stored, like other potential poisons, out of sight and out of reach of children. Should a child actually drink some, check the webPOISONCONTROL® online tool for guidance or call to Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 right away for advice.
Swallowed batteries burn through a child's esophagus in just 2 hours, leading to surgery, months with feeding and breathing tubes, and even death. About the size of a nickel, 20 mm, 3-volt lithium coin cells are the most hazardous as they are big enough to get stuck and burn faster. Secure battery compartments and keep loose batteries away from children.
Electronic cigarettes (e-Cigs) are devices made to look like real cigarettes. They contain a battery, a heater, and liquid nicotine. When heated, the nicotine liquid becomes a vapor, which users inhale. Liquid nicotine products contain flavorings and something to help the product vaporize. Liquid nicotine products are very poisonous if swallowed.
It's not an intriguing or novel hazard, just the persistent, invisible killer: carbon monoxide. Seriously, you still don't have a carbon monoxide alarm in every sleeping area of your home? Get one! And keep fuel-burning appliances in good repair; don't use grills or gasoline-powered tools indoors, and don't run your car in an attached garage or place a generator close to your home.
When used as directed, bath bombs and bath fizzies are safe. Skin irritation can occur in some people and eye irritation is expected to occur if splashed in the eyes. Unintentional ingestion of small amounts is expected to cause minor effects such as oral irritation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Swallowing larger amounts has the potential to cause serious toxicity.
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