Yearly Archives: 2015

Calling the poison center: My child ate toothpaste

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In September we looked at what you can expect when you call the poison center. This month we’ll show you how a call might sound. The example here is pretty … Continue reading

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Is it safe to give your child Orajel or Anbesol?

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The FDA no longer recommends over-the-counter teething relief products that contain benzocaine, which is a medication that numbs pain. Though it’s rare, swallowing benzocaine can cause a dangerous condition called … Continue reading

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Medication safety: Put the cap on

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Oops! A member of the NNEPC team came home to find this scene while their spouse was giving medicine to one of the kids. That’s better! For safety, put the … Continue reading

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What happens when you call the poison center?

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Many people who call the poison center are understandably worried, but the good news is nearly 9 out of every 10 calls from home can be safely managed with fast, … Continue reading

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Have you seen this mushroom?

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We’ve had a number of cases in the last few days of young children getting into amanita muscaria or similar mushrooms in the yard. These can make kids sick. If … Continue reading

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Driving and medications don’t always mix

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For many of us, driving is part of our everyday routine, whether it’s getting to work, running errands or visiting friends and family. But certain medications can make it unsafe … Continue reading

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How to read an over-the-counter medication label

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Whether you are treating a headache or have a cold, it is important to read the label every time you take an over-the-counter (nonprescription) medication. The label will tell you what … Continue reading

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How to avoid some common medication errors

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According to a recent study, every 8 minutes a child under 6 in the United States gets the wrong medication or the wrong dose of their medication. There are a … Continue reading

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Take these steps to help prevent poisonings in your home

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How safe is your home? We all try to keep our homes safe for kids, pets, visitors, and ourselves, but it’s easy to miss things. Let’s take a look at … Continue reading

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How much nicotine?

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Cigarettes and other nicotine products vary widely in how much nicotine they contain. Below is a rough guide to the total amount found in some common products. It’s also important … Continue reading

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