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  1. Tweets that mention Illinois Poison Center Blog » Blog Archive » THE TOP 5 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW CAN BE POISONOUS TO CHILDREN -- Topsy.com

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Tony Chen, Carol @ the IPC. Carol @ the IPC said: The top 5 things you didn't know can be poisonous to children http://ow.ly/T1D6 […]

  2. Tony
    Tony January 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm |

    Thanks for this post! Definitely helpful for me as a dad with 2 young kids.

  3. Illinois Poison Center Blog » Blog Archive » Back to School Means Changing Schedules…and Potentially Much More!

    […] 4.Top 5 Things You Didn’t Think Could be Poisonous to Children […]

  4. Lemon Cake « Scott Nems Doots
    Lemon Cake « Scott Nems Doots September 8, 2010 at 7:54 am |

    […] got suspicious about the baking soda, so decided to google it. And hey whaddaya know – baking soda can be fatal to small children. It messes up their electrolyte levels, causing vomiting and seizures and ultimately organ […]

  5. Illinois Poison Center Blog » Blog Archive » Ways To Deals With Unwelcome Fall House Guests

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  7. Illinois Poison Center Blog » Blog Archive » The Truth About E-Cigarettes: A Potential Poisoning Hazard

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  9. Illinois Poison Center Blog » Blog Archive » Happy Halloween: Boo!…not Boo-Hoo.

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  10. Everyday Household Emergencies: Accidental Child Poisoning | Emergency Preparedness News

    […] of baking soda can cause seizures in a toddler and two tablespoons can be fatal? Remember that mouthwash by the sink that makes your breath minty fresh? It contains 15-22% alcohol and is usually sweet […]

  11. Sire
    Sire June 13, 2011 at 6:33 am |

    I love the “No question too big or small” part. You have a kind heart, guys.

  12. IPC
    IPC June 13, 2011 at 8:12 am |

    Thanks Sire! We appreciate you reading our blog; hope you found it useful.

  13. Kathie Musson
    Kathie Musson September 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm |

    My mother (I’m now 60 and sister is 61) use to give my sister and I baking soda soaks when we had measles and chicken pox. I read where baking soda was toxic to young children. We were absorbing the baking soda in our bath water 3-4 times a day to help relieve our itching. I followed the same tradition and soaked my 32 and 31 year old daughters when they were younger and had measles too. Did I put them in harms way?

  14. Kathie Musson
    Kathie Musson September 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm |

    My mother (I’m now 60 and sister is 61) use to give my sister and I baking soda soaks when we had measles and chicken pox. I read where baking soda was toxic to young children. We were absorbing the baking soda in our bath water 3-4 times a day to help relieve our itching. I followed the same tradition and soaked my 32 and 31 year old daughters when they were younger and had measles too. Did I put them in harms way?

  15. IPC
    IPC September 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm |

    Hi Kathie!

    Thank you so much for reading the IPC blog. And what a great question?! Baking soda can be toxic to toddlers who eat too much of it; the sodium load overwhelms them. If they are soaking in a dilute solution, they should be ok, as the salt is not absorbed through the skin.

    Think of it like the salt in the ocean. If you swim in it, you are ok, but if one drinks nothing but salty sea water, it can be dangerous.

    Thanks and please keep reading!

  16. Homemade Toothpaste for kids | Curious and Crazy Kids

    […] Another websites has the following information. The chemical name for baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. We know why sodium is bad, and the bicarbonate part is toxic because it is basic (opposite of acidic). In order for the body to function properly, our blood has to be at neutral pH. Too big a change in either direction = bad news. One tablespoon of baking soda ingested by an infant is enough to significantly change blood pH. […]

  17. Gwendolyn Koonce
    Gwendolyn Koonce April 16, 2014 at 9:41 am |

    Your services have long been an aid/assistance to the Emergency Department of all the hospitals. I am in support of your department staying in the field and remaining a support to our medical services and the community we purport.

    Good Luck

  18. 9 Toxic Household Products That Look Like Candy | Grandparents.com

    […] Health risks: Difficulty breathing, pneumonia  What it is: Sweet-smelling and often colorful, oil and candle lamps might make your house look pretty or even smell nice, but they can look like drinks to children. If swallowed directly into the stomach, cause for concern is minimal. But if children breathe it into their lungs by accident (by coughing or gasping after swallowing), the oil can slide into the lungs and cause breathing problems, according to an Illinois Poison Center study. […]

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