Category Archives: Poison Prevention

Watch out for browntail moth caterpillars

Browntail moth caterpillar photo via the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Browntail moth caterpillars are a growing nuisance in parts of Maine, particularly along the coast, posing a … 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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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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Medication safety: Put the cap on

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?

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?

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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