Exploratory and experimental are the young kids, so they have the habit of putting anything that they get in their mouth. So, one needs to be very cautious as many products that we use in our daily life like cleaners, sprays, washing detergents, etc. have many chemicals which are ingested or consumed by young kids could be dangerous for the health of the young kids. So, as parents and adults, it is our duty to keep such things out of their reach and do a mandatory check and decide which are the areas that can be locked, what are the products that need to be shifted to a place where the kids do not go, etc.
Most of the times, even the older children are unable to decipher what exactly is unsafe, so it is best to keep all toxic products away else it may lead to accidental poisoning cases. To avoid such nuances, let us understand how child poisoning can occur, what are the common products that can be poisonous, what are the symptoms of poisoning, treatment, and cure for the same, where to seek help and how-to childproof the home so that such incidents do not happen.
Child poisoning is a common phenomenon and most prevalent when the child is about one year old till he attains the age of 5 years. Kids are curious by nature, so they want to try new and different things, which is why they want to open and see what is there in the containers and boxes, how a spray works, copying what the adults say and do, and most frequently they explore by tasting a maximum number of things. In this process, they can ingest or swallow some poisonous products, spray and inhale, etc., so they can get imperiled to poison in this playing process, and they are totally unconscious about it.
Since poisoning is through toxic products, it could prove fatal for the kid. Thus, even with the slightest of doubt that the child has consumed, sprayed, splashed, or even inhaled or has been exposed to poison in any form, it can lead to an emergency if proper care is not administered. In cases where the child gets unconscious, is unable to breathe, or suffering from some abnormalities, it is best to rush to the hospital.
It is no that people keep intentionally at home, but the products that we use in our day to day lives have some percent of poisonous gases or chemicals which if the child gets exposed to any form, can prove hazardous to health. Every parent tries to be cautious as far as the child is concerned. However, there are some very common things listed as under that we should be aware of as we need them for our daily cleaning and usage. They are:
In case the child has been exposed to any poisonous agent, and you are not sure, look out for these signs and be alert. Most of the symptoms are quite common, like in other ailments as well, yet there are few that are alarming enough to understand, and they are:
Mostly it is seen that the child is oblivious that he has consumed or ingested poison, as he is not aware that it could be that harmful, so one should not wait for the above signs to show but even on the slightest doubt get in touch with a medical health expert. Never forcefully vomit the children as it could have other effects. Not all poisons are strong and fatal, and some mild ones can be taken care of with little medical consultation as well.
If the child has been exposed to poison by ingestion, spray, or spill, the child needs to seek medical help and get proper treatment. No chances should be taken under these circumstances. If treated at the right time, the child can be saved easily and can be saved from any other side effects of poison as well. The treatment done in this case is:
No parent would want the child to get exposed to the poison. They would make all possible efforts to keep them away from their reach. To avoid serious health hazards, it is best to take the steps stated below and make the home poison- proof and the vital steps are as under:
Even though the parents try all possible ways, but if the kids still happen to get exposed to poison in, either way, it could be a serious situation. In such a situation, it is advisable to access medical help instantly. For help, one can use the following measures:
Thus, it can be said that children are very restless, so we cannot stop them from touching and accessing products, however, resorting to childproofing and ensure that they are safe, and we are at ease as well. Since they are children, they have many curiosities, and we cannot curb them, but the least is to ensure that no dangerous or toxic products are easily available and accessible to them.
Dr Chetan Ginigeri is an experienced Pediatric Intensivist with national and international training. With 15 years of experience, he is one among very few Intensivists in India trained to take care of children who need/had organ transplants. He has been responsible for coordinating the Pediatric Organ Transplant program.Read more.