The pacifier’s guard or shield should have ventilation holes so the baby can breathe if the shield does get into the mouth ||Don't allow your pet on the couch while you are holding baby. This makes dogs bigger and taller in relation to your infant and may encourage aggression. ||In case of eczema, use mild, unscented body and laundry soaps. Pat baby's skin dry; don't rub ||Don't ever be afraid to ask for help from a friend or relative. Time away will let you recharge. ||The most important thing on growth curves is how your baby grows over time. If he's small but growing at the appropriate rate, there's usually no cause for concern. ||Whenever possible, don't get involved in your kids' clash. Step in only if there's a danger of physical harm. ||Stop the continuous criticism to your teens. Highlight their qualities instead. ||Reading aloud will help your baby be a better reader when she's older. ||To keep the eye free of infection, massage inner lower corner of the eye twice daily to empty it of old fluids ||Your baby should have 4-6 wet diapers per day. This is a great way to monitor if they're getting enough milk ||
What Causes Accidental Poisoning

 

What is accidental poisoning?

Accidental poisonings usually involves a young child, ‘accidentally’ poisoning themselves without wanting to cause harm to their body. This is most common in young children as they are keen to explore their world and often learn about new things by putting them in their mouth. Poisoning mostly occurs in children under the age of three, especially boys. They are too young to know the difference between what is safe and what is dangerous.

What causes accidental poisoning?

Most poisonings happen at home. Often the substance is in sight, ready to be used, but unattended by an adult. At other times, children have climbed up high to get something they are interested in, or opened closed cupboards.

Many household items can be poisonous.

    • Medications: paracetamol, cold and flu remedies, cough syrup, mouthwashes, vitamins, herbal remedies, antiseptics, antibiotics, sedatives, anti-depressants, heart medications and more.
    • Cleaning products: detergents and cleaning sprays, bleaches, washing machine and dishwashing powder, room deodorants, drain cleaners, methylated spirits and turpentine.
    • Cosmetics: creams, ointments, shampoos, perfumes and aftershaves.
    • Other products: alcohol, cigarettes (if eaten), illicit drugs, essential/aromatic oils, pesticides, car products, glue, batteries and gardening products.
    • Poisonous plants: oleander, datura, arum lily, fox glove. Berries, mushrooms and plants with coloured leaves can be attractive to children and harmful.


What are the symptoms?

The symptoms will depend on what your child has swallowed, the amount they have swallowed and their general health.

Some poisons cause only minor symptoms, while others may cause:

    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • drowsiness
    • tummy pain
    • burns or damage inside the mouth and food pipe (oesophagus).

Some poisons are highly toxic and only a small amount can cause serious problems including fits (seizures), respiratory or cardiac arrest (where the child’s breathing or heart stops), unconsciousness (coma) or death.

Dealing with Accidental Poisoning

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