What to do if you think your child has been poisoned?
Small children are very inquisitive and will try most things, usually by tasting them. So prevention is always the most important aspect when it comes to poisoning.
Preventing Poisoning in Children
Putting cleaning products out of reach or in a secure box if not. All toys with batteries need to be securely fastened. Things like make-up or nail polish needs to be monitored closely. Children often copy adults and may get confused with what they are doing.
Things to look out for
If your child suddenly becomes unwell then this could be due to poisoning. More so if their main symptom is drowsiness or if they suddenly fall unconscious. It’s important to get help immediately so either call 999 or take them to the nearest accident and emergency department (A&E).
Food poisoning is more common in young children under the age of five. Their immune system is still developing and can’t always fight the germs off. Typically food poisoning occurs within two hours to a few days of eating something and can induce vomiting, headaches, diarrhoea and a temperature.
In most cases children will recover with some rest and being kept hydrated. If the symptoms don’t ease within a week and your child can’t keep water down, consult medical help. They could be dehydrated and need some help.
What to Do if You Suspect Poisoning
If your child has swallowed a substance then if you can, take the bottle or item with you. This will help medical staff know how to treat your child properly. Also knowing the estimated time of poisoning and how much they could have taken/swallowed is also important. As much information as you can give will be very helpful in treating your child.
If you are in any doubt as to whether your child is ill due to being poisoned, always seek urgent medical attention. The quicker your child is treated, the better it is for them. It’s always better to prevent things like poisoning as best you can. We also have information available on measures to prevent poisoning.
If you would like to book into our training courses or need more information – visit our website https://safety-first-welling.org/