Poison: First aid

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Learn how to identify signs of poisoning in your child, and how to treat and prevent it.

Key points

  • If you suspect poisoning, do not wait for symptoms to develop. Seek medical care from a poison information centre or call 911 right away.
  • A child can be poisoned by many things inside and outside the home, including medicines, cleaning products, garden products, cosmetics, paints, crafts or alcohol.
  • When performing first aid, your first step is to avoid touching, tasting or breathing in the poison yourself.
  • If your child has breathed in poison, move them into fresh air.
  • Try and identify the poison for medical personnel so they know exactly how to treat it.
Last updated: May 13th 2013