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IPC’s Top Ten Blogs

Posted: December 10th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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It’s that time of year!  No, I’m not talking about the holidays, I’m talking about the ‘best of’ lists that everyone is writing now that 2013 is coming to a close.  In honor of the 4th anniversary of the IPC blog, here are our top 10 most popular blogs since 2009: Read more »


“My Child Ate… Nature!”

Posted: October 4th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Bleeeaaauuugghh!!

Nasty!!!

Eeeeeewwww!!

 How many times have you squealed aloud after discovering your child has recently delved into what they believe to be a culinary delight but you know to be just plain gross?

While getting outside to allow your brood some time to release excess energy is the primary goal, it may lead to unexpected, and often quite disgusting ingestions. Read more »


Watch Out for Those Scary Berries!

Posted: July 20th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

By Erin Pallasch, PharmD and IPC Call Center Specialist

Recently, I set out on a quest to determine which would be the scariest berry ingestion a parent might call the Illinois Poison Center about.  There are many toxic berries out there, but the one I would be most concerned with would be the Chinaberry. The ingestion of only 6-8 berries has been reported as fatal in a child.  The good news is we don’t have any berries this toxic native to Illinois. Whew! Chinaberries have a large range of toxicity depending on the region they grow in and although these berries can be found in Hawaii, Texas and from Florida to Virginia, the fatalities reported have been from eating the African species. I’m relieved to know I am not likely to get a call about these berries here at the IPC, BUT we have plenty of berries native to Illinois to keep us quite busy.   Read more »