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Children learn by putting things into their mouth and tasting things. They also copy adults without knowing what they are doing.
The best way to avoid poisoning is to lock up all toxic substances where your child does not have access to them. Also watch your child more closely whenever you are in a different environment. Be especially careful when your child is visiting another home.
If you find your child with an open or empty container of an unknown substance, your child may have been poisoned. Stay calm and act quickly.
First, get the poison away from the child. If there is still some in your child's mouth, make him spit it out, or remove it with your fingers. Keep this material along with any other evidence (such as vomit) that might help determine what was swallowed.
Next check for the following signs:
If your child does not have these symptoms, call your pediatrician or pediatric ER by dialing 1830003, extension 1043 or 1013 for further advice. If the poison is dangerous, or if the child is very young you will be advised to take the child to the nearest hospital, otherwise you will be given instructions to follow at home.
Please note that this information is not to be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your doctor or pediatrician. There may be variations on treatment and advice based on individual circumstances.
If your child spills dangerous chemicals on his/her body, remove the clothes and rinse the skin with lukewarm - not hot - water. If the area shows signs of being burnt, continue rinsing for at least 15 minutes, no matter how much your child may protest. Then call the Emergency Room by dialing 1830003, extension 1043 or 1013 for further advice. Do not apply ointments, grease or butter.
Flush the child's eye by holding the eyelid open and pouring a steady stream of lukewarm water into the inner corner. A young child is sure to object to this, so get another adult to hold your child while you rinse the eye, alternatively, wrap your child tightly in a towel and clamp him under one arm. This way you will have one hand free to hold the eyelid open, and the other to pour in the lukewarm water. Continue flushing the eye for 15 minutes. Then call ER (1830003) for further instructions. Do not use an eyecup, eye-drops, or ointment unless the doctor tells you to do so.
Please call the Pediatric Emergency on 1830003/22232000 Ext. 1043 for any questions or concerns.