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Poison Control calls have increased! While it hasn’t been found to be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, children are spending more time at home and families have more cleaning products stored at home than usual.
Children that accidentally ingest poison are typically under 5 years old. It is best to use extra safety measures around your home until children are 6 years or older.
If your child accidentally ingests poison, do NOT make them vomit. Do not use syrup or ipecac to make them throw up. There are times when using these are unsafe (depending on what was ingested). It is best to contact Poison Control to determine the safety treatment plan. Instead take the item away from your child and make them spit out whatever is in their mouth still. Call Poison Control to see what else needs to be done.
If your child accidentally inhales poison, take them out into the fresh air immediately. Then call Poison Control to see what else needs to be done.
Here are some especially dangerous household products that you should doublecheck are out of your child’s reach. These should be bought in small amounts only and should be discarded if not being used.
If your child ingests or inhales a cleaning product, you can always contact Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 or go to their website. They also offer a self-assessment quiz for you to determine if your child is in danger.
Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care now offers curbside service and virtual visits. Little Spurs opened in 2006 in San Antonio, Texas. With multiple locations in San Antonio and Dallas, they are open seven days a week with extended evening hours and see walk-in patients or through an online check-in system. They accept most commercial insurance and Medicaid plans. More information about Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care can be found at www.littlespurspedi.com.