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The Case of the Double Dose

Posted: February 19th, 2014 | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Welcome to the second installment of The Case Files of the IPC.  Today’s case study involves taking medicine twice instead of once.  It happens to the best of us. The two most common times to take medication is in the morning and at bedtime—times when there are a lot of other things going on.  Also, many people take medication every day and popping a pill becomes part of the routine—something you do without really thinking about it.  This can lead to forgetfulness—‘wait… did I take this already or didn’t I?’ Read more »

“My Child Ate…Grandma’s Medicine”

Posted: September 13th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Over the next 4 weeks the IPC staff will contribute some of their most compelling cases from the call center that often start with three words, “my child ate…” We hope you enjoy this blog series, and we encourage you to share your own “My Child Ate…” stories or your poison center experience.

There is a burgeoning fascination with the strange things children eat.  If one were to do an internet search on the three words “my child ate”, it looks like a lot of children are eating Tums, poop (yes, poop, human and pet), pennies, crayons, deodorant and a host of household products.  Going beyond internet search, the TLC channel even has a TV show on the subject and has casting calls for the show “Your Child at What?” Read more »

“These Darn Safety Caps Are A Pain In The…”

Posted: March 22nd, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

I can bet most of us have probably cursed and moaned while struggling to open a container with a “child-resistant” cap.  Have you ever wondered how these enclosures came to be and if they’re really beneficial in preventing child poisonings? Since March is Illinois Poison Prevention Month, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to educate you on the history and benefit of child resistant closures.   Read more »