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Tip of The Week- Pediatric Poisonings with Lisa Booze of the Maryland Poison Center
Children under the age of 6 have the habit of putting everything they get their hands on straight to their mouth. This habit makes them susceptible to acquiring infections, choking and most importantly, poisoning.
Although most of the poisonings are unintentional exposures when the child gains access to a product or drug, many therapeutic errors are also reported to poison centers. Giving double doses or the wrong dose, or the wrong medicine, measuring out the wrong amount are all common reasons for these therapeutic errors.
Nurses attending to children coming in should carefully asses the child for symptoms that may appear. Taking the history of ingestion from the parent or guardian is also helpful in the assessment and prediction of the possible effects of the substance to the child.
Before discharge, nurses should always remember to remind the adults looking after the child to keep medications out of children’s reach and in locked cabinets where they can not easily be accessed by a child. Household cleaners and other home chemicals should also be stored safely away from where children can get them. These measures if taken by all adults with children in their homes could greatly reduce the occurrence of pediatric poisonings.
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