Category Archives: Medication Safety

Holiday safety tips

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New Hampshire educator Laurie Warnock recently appeared on ConcordTV’s “On The Beat” to talk about the poison center and offer some holiday safety tips.

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Can I give my child Benadryl to make them sleepy?

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If you’ve ever traveled on a plane with a young child, you may have been tempted to give them a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to make them sleepy. While you … Continue reading

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

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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

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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

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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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Prescription Drug Abuse: An ED perspective

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The abuse of prescription drugs, especially opioid painkillers, is a growing public health concern. Our Medical Director, Dr. Tamas Peredy, is also a doctor with the Maine Medical Center Emergency … Continue reading

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Adults are more likely to die from poisoning than kids

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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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How can you help a child with a cold feel better?

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As we talked about in yesterday’s post, cold and cough medications are not recommended for young children. But if your child feels miserable, what can you do? To bolster my … Continue reading

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Is it safe to give my child cold medicine?

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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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How much Tylenol can you give your baby?

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Every parent at some point has asked this question: How much medicine is safe to give my baby? One of the most common medications for parents to wonder about is … Continue reading

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