How to Treat & Prevent Poison Control for Your Child

How to Treat & Prevent Poison Control for Your Child

We all want our children to be healthy and safe. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen and your child may end up with a chemical or poison in their mouth. This can lead to an emergency situation that requires immediate medical attention. One of the best ways to minimize these types of emergencies is by taking preventative measures, like child-proofing your home and keeping an emergency first aid kit on hand.

Types and symptoms of poisonings

Most poisonings involve food or medicines. It's important to be aware of what these substances are, how they can harm your child and how to treat the symptoms of poisoning.

Treatments for poison control and prevention

If you suspect that your child has ingested a toxic substance, the first thing to do is call the National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222). If your child has ingested any kind of poison, it's important to get him or her to a hospital as soon as possible.

The second step is to call 911 if:

  • Your child has swallowed something poisonous and/or his or her airway is blocked by vomit.

  • You can't wake your child up.

  • Your child feels weak or has trouble breathing.

Child proofing your home

  • Child proofing your home is a good idea. There are a lot of things that you can do to childproof your home and keep your child safe. The first step in child proofing your house is to think about what hazards might be present, like sharp objects or electrical outlets. You may also want to consider when you will be out of the house and how long it will be until someone else comes over and could check on the children. In this case find all the substances that could be exposed or at your childs reach.

  • Child proofing can be done in stages: While some people may choose to use expensive products for their entire home all at once, others prefer to do things slowly over time or even just one room at a time until everything is ready for kids. Whichever way works best for you, it's important not only that everyone knows where all the dangerous stuff is located but also how much money he/she needs before starting any project because sometimes even seemingly small changes can add up quickly! Luckily baby safety is our specialty and we have what you need to make your home safer.

What to keep in your first aid kit

You should keep the following items in your first aid kit:

  • Medications for any family member, including pets.

  • Bottled water for cleaning and drinking.

  • Non-latex gloves to prevent contamination of injuries by yourself or others.

  • Tweezers to remove ticks, splinters and other foreign objects from skin and hair. If you don't have tweezers, use scissors to cut the object out if it's small enough (like a splinter). Then use your fingers or another tool such as a pen cap or safety pin to gently lift it out of your skin. Be careful not to break off any part of it when removing it—you want all parts removed so there's no chance for infection later on! You can also use a piece of adhesive tape instead of tweezers; just pull off one edge at an angle so you don't hurt yourself when trying to remove whatever needs removing from your body part being taped down.

  • Gauze pads to wrap wounds or hold bandages in place.

Tips for better first aid and safety

You can always visit our parenting journal on our website Baby Proof Me to find more topics on your childs well being.

If you have children it is very important that you know how to recognize the symptoms of poisoning and what steps should be taken if one occurs. These can range from mild reactions like nausea or vomiting all the way up through seizures or unconsciousness which could require immediate medical intervention. In addition to knowing what symptoms look like it's also good for them to know where their local poison control center is located so they can call right away if needed instead of wasting time looking it up online or calling their local hospital when time might be of essence depending upon how severe things are getting).

Common signs of chemical ingestion in children

Common signs of chemical ingestion in children include:

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Dizziness, fainting or loss of consciousness (problems with breathing or circulation)

  • Blurred vision or dilated pupils (your child’s eyes may look bigger than normal)

  • Difficulty swallowing, speaking or breathing. Your child may be wheezing for an extended period of time after drinking the poison.

Your child might also have: difficulty walking; uncoordinated body movements; a fast heart rate; rapid breathing and sweating; nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

If you suspect your child has swallowed a dangerous amount of poison, call 911 immediately.


The best way to prevent poisoning is by being proactive. You can do this by keeping the house child proofed and making sure that you have all the supplies you need in your first aid kit. If your child does ingest something toxic, then knowing what signs to look out for will be helpful in determining if they need medical attention immediately or if they can wait until tomorrow when their doctor’s office opens again!