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Old Man Winter and Carbon Monoxide

Posted: November 27th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

There is a definite chill coming to Illinois.  On my nightly walk with the dogs, hats and gloves are now a necessity.  Soon boots and thick coats will come out of hiding to add needed warmth when venturing outside.

Furnaces are beginning to kick on more frequently now.  Every year, like clockwork, this is the time that calls to poison centers regarding carbon monoxide start to rise.  Calls to the Illinois Poison Center in the October – December time period are usually about 50% higher than the June – September months. Read more »


A Year in Review: Children’s OTC Cough & Cold Products Label Changes

Posted: January 11th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Hopefully you’re not home reading our blog with thermometer in mouth, feet soaking in hot water, lemon tea brewing on the stove, fighting off the nasty bug that you or your kids picked up at work or school – but it is indeed winter, the time of year when so many of us suffer the miserable effects of the common cold or flu.  Naturally, the use of a variety of non-prescription pain-relievers, fever-reducers, and cough/cold remedies goes up dramatically during the cold season, so it shouldn’t surprise you that the number of accidental poisonings and adverse drug reactions to these products does as well, especially among children.  In 2009, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reported a whopping total of 88,355 cases in the US involving cough and cold medications (CCMs); 46% involving children younger than 5 years old.   Read more »


Hypothermia and Frostbite: Know The Cold Facts

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

So it seems we find ourselves coming upon the dead of winter-the holidays are over and spring seems light years away. You may recall in August we posted a piece entitled “Hot Summer Days and Medications: A Recipe for Heat Stroke” So we decided to do a companion piece dealing with cold weather injuries which are hypothermia and frostbite. No, this is not just another story about what to do when your child on a dare licks a metal lamp post on a very cold day. Extreme cold must be taken very seriously.  Read more »


Beware of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Extreme Weather

Posted: November 2nd, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Every year like clockwork, the Illinois Poison Center sends out safety messages on how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning during the fall and winter months.  Since the heater was on in my house last night, the timing seems just about right for this year’s piece, especially since I had recently seen an article regarding carbon monoxide poisoned patients in our region a few days before.

This past week however, Illinois was pummeled with high winds and rain followed by unseasonably cold weather.  The upcoming winter is also predicted to be one marked by severe cold and higher than average snow fall with some pundits calling this year to be a “wintry battle zone”.  This made me think about the other risk factors in carbon monoxide poisoning – the loss of power during extreme weather and severe winter storms. Read more »