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Herbs and Teas Given to Infants – Should We Be Concerned?

Posted: May 31st, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A few weeks ago we posted a blog entitled “Nutritional Supplements: Are the Benefits Worth the Cost?.” This week, we are shifting our focus to another population group while continuing our conversation on herbal remedies and supplements.

An eye-opening study was published in the May 2011 online edition of the Pediatrics Digest regarding the administration of herbal medications and teas to infants one year of age and under by parents. A major finding was that 9% of infants, some as young as one month old, were given non-prescription products for a variety of conditions. Examples of products given to babies included gripe water, chamomile, teething tablets, and teas such as chrysanthemum tea, lemon tea, orange tea, and rosemary leaf tea. Read more »

Top 5 Bug Spray Questions: Home Edition

Posted: May 24th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

This time of year, the Illinois Poison Center’s call volume starts to increase for a variety of reasons. One of  those reasons has to do with the use of pesticides in the home.  Here are the top 5 most frequently asked questions about insecticides:

1. Can I use outdoor-use pesticides inside the house if I have a really bad bug problem?

No!  There is a major difference in the safety level of the two products. Most Read more »

What’s in a name?

Posted: May 17th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.

Evolving technology, demographics, and regulatory changes are all expanding the type and scope of services that Poison Control Centers have historically provided.  A few weeks ago, I wrote about the limitations of the Mr. Yuk logo; we are not “just the place that Mom’s call” anymore.

Last year, the IPC received about 36,500 calls on children 5 and under.  We provided triage and treatment recommendations that allowed families to treat a stunning 96% of these kids at home without an expensive or stressful trip to the ER.  Hmmmm, maybe that sounds like the place that mom’s call after all. Read more »

Nutritional Supplements: Are the Benefits Worth the Cost?

Posted: May 10th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Everyday millions of people are bombarded with radio commercials, TV infomercials, internet ads, and aggressive sales pitches touting the health benefits (many of them unproven) of nutritional supplements. Warnings about potential adverse reactions, toxicity, food/drug interactions, and other precautions are often under-emphasized or absent.  It is important to note that dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA and as a result manufacturers do not need to prove safety or effectiveness. Read more »

When Seconds Feel Like Hours…What Will You Do?

Posted: May 3rd, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

What would you do if you contacted the poison center during an emergency and your call went unanswered for minutes… if not longer?

Here are some real life cases, that offer just a tiny sample of the types of calls the Illinois Poison Center handles everyday: Read more »