Category Archives: Poison Prevention

Avoid poisonings when using flea treatments

Fleas: It’s a word no pet owner wants to hear. These little insects can cause your dog or cat lots of itching and scratching, and sometimes other health problems, such … Continue reading

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Watch out for brown-tail moth caterpillars

Brown-tail moth caterpillar photo via the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Brown-tail moth caterpillars are out in force in parts of Maine, particularly along the coast, and will … Continue reading

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Get expert advice in minutes, 24/7

If you have ever had to take a young child to the emergency room, you know that the process can feel like an eternity—driving to the hospital while worrying if … Continue reading

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Time to clean out old medications and hazardous waste

While you’re giving your home a thorough spring cleaning, it’s a good time to get rid of things you no longer need, like old medications. In fact, there is a … Continue reading

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Stay safe while spring cleaning

The weather is getting warmer and that means it’s time for spring cleaning. Open the windows and let the fresh air in! While you’re making your living space tidy, remember … Continue reading

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Poisonings affect people of all ages

Every day poison centers receive calls from and about people of every age, from infants to people in their 80s and beyond. Some types of poisoning are more common at … Continue reading

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Why do parents call the poison center?

Kids act fast, but fortunately so do poison centers. A call to the poison center is your instant connection to an expert, which can be especially handy if you’re a … Continue reading

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Some household products can be poisonous

Keeping medications up high is just one of the steps you can take to help prevent poisonings at home. (Image from the Up and Away campaign) Did you know most … Continue reading

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Calling the poison center: My child ate toothpaste

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?

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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