Author Archives: Melissa

Stay safe this Halloween

Jack-O’-Lantern by William Warby. Creative Commons. For many of us October means Halloween—picking out costumes, carving pumpkins, and maybe dipping into the candy stash a little too early! While a … Continue reading

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What happens when you call the poison center?

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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Three tips for buying safe Christmas toys

Buying Christmas presents for kids is always a challenge. We can’t help you pick out the perfect gift, but we can help you make sure your gifts are safe and … Continue reading

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Is it safe to take medication when you’re pregnant?

Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you won’t get ordinary aches and pains, like headaches or a cold. I rarely have pain other than the occasional headache, but when … Continue reading

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Mr. Yuk: A retired poison prevention icon

Do you remember Mr. Yuk? Many poison centers used to give parents Mr. Yuk stickers to put on poisonous things. The idea was that kids would learn to stay away … Continue reading

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New Hampshire drug-related deaths – 2011

The number of drug-related deaths in New Hampshire hit 200 in 2011. During poison prevention week, our New Hampshire educator, Laurie Warnock, presented on this growing problem and what can be … Continue reading

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Adults are more likely to die from poisoning than kids

When most people think of poisonings they think of a little kid getting into cleaning products stored under the kitchen sink. These poisonings happen a lot, but so do poisonings … Continue reading

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Is it safe to give my child cold medicine?

If your house has been anything like mine this winter, your family has been busy playing “pass the cold.” As a parent of a toddler it’s really tough when your … Continue reading

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Are boys more likely to get poisoned than girls?

Do young boys get poisoned more often than young girls? In our house the answer appears to be yes. Just the other day I caught my 10-month-old son with the … Continue reading

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Foreign travel tips: How to stay safe and healthy while away from home

Traveling to far-away places can be exciting – experiencing different foods, language and culture. Hopefully, your vacation doesn’t include experiencing an injury or sickness. There are some basic steps you … Continue reading

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