Posted: June 28th, 2011 | Tags: emergency, holiday, Illinois Poison Center, independence day, mushrooms, plants, poisoning, safety, summer, sunscreen, toxic exposure | No Comments »
Temperatures are warm, the sun is shining and kids are out of school. Summertime is “outside time”, so read on for tips to keep your family safe while outdoors!
Plants and Mushrooms
Learn the names of all the plants in your garden and landscaping, and label them with both their common and botanical names (tip: bring a cut of the plant/flower to your local nursery or greenhouse if you don’t know what you have). Consult the IPC’s toxic plant list to help plan your garden, especially if you have little ones. Teach children to never eat mushrooms or berries growing outside. Read more »
Posted: June 21st, 2011 | Tags: 1800-222-1222, AAPCC, children, cold, drugs, Illinois Poison Center, liquid medicine, medication, new guidelines, Poison Center, poison prevention, safety, toxic exposures | No Comments »
New Pediatric Acetaminophen Dosing Guidelines and Formulation Changes
If you are in tune to healthcare and medical news stories, you probably already know that overdosing or chronically using too much of the popular non-aspirin product called acetaminophen may cause serious and possibly even fatal liver damage. Read more »
Posted: June 14th, 2011 | Tags: 1800-222-1222, Advocacy, bath salts, carbon monoxide poisoning, drugs, family, Illinois Poison Center, poison prevention, suicide | 1 Comment »
I just love doing internet searches. I am old enough to remember searching the library for journals, magazines and newspapers, books, and scanning microfiche for hours on end in order to find information for projects and articles. Now with technology, key tidbits on almost any topic are just a few key strokes away.
Recently, I was reading a list serve thread about Bath Salts and a potential relationship with traumatic death by suicide or homicide. Read more »
Posted: June 7th, 2011 | Tags: 1800-222-1222, children, family, Illinois Poison Center, medication, parents, poison, poison prevention, toxic exposure | No Comments »
June is National Safety Month. Did you know that potentially hazardous substances can be found in nearly every home? Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe from potentially toxic exposures!
1. Store all medications, chemicals and household products out of reach and out of sight of children—ideally locked up. Read more »