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Holiday Survival Guide Part One

Posted: December 25th, 2012 | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

 

holidaysurvivalkit2Welcome to the Illinois Poison Center Holiday Survival Guide! Whether it’s a spoiled treat or too many party poisons, joyous holiday celebrations have the potential to become hazardous situations. Read more »


You’re A “Toxic” One Mr. Grinch

Posted: December 18th, 2012 | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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 Since 1966 “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has been a holiday favorite for young and old alike. In this 26 minute cartoon, the despicable and ruthless Mr. Grinch goes through extreme measures to dampen the Christmas spirit. To adequately describe the low down character traits of the green grouch, the song “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” was incorporated into the script. Read more »


Happy Holidays from the Illinois Poison Center!

Posted: December 13th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

The Illinois Poison Center would like to share this festive poem from Dr. John A. Trestail III, R.Ph, ABAT, from the Center of the Study of Criminal Poisoning. Look below to find links for our resources on the potential holiday hazards mentioned in the poem!

 

 

 

 

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE POISONED

‘Twas the morning post-party, when all through the house,

No adult was stirring, not even your spouse. Read more »


Fatal Attraction: Hazards of Swallowing High-Powered Magnets

Posted: December 11th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Is a set of high-powered magnet toys on your shopping list this holiday season? If so, be careful about leaving them under the Christmas tree or anywhere a child can reach them. The attraction to magnets is understandable since the force field produced by these objects appears to be a magical trick. But these high-powered magnets can be very dangerous to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract if swallowed.

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How Much Holly is too Jolly?

Posted: December 4th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

 

 Click here to listen to Burl Ives’ “Holly Jolly Christmas”

As the autumn leaves dwindle to the coming winter frost, our cities and homes become alive with holiday décor such as wreaths, Christmas trees, mistletoe, poinsettia, and American holly.  Last year, we addressed the toxicity hazards of the poinsettia plant.  This year our focus will be on the American Holly.

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