will eat anything!
Safety Tips from
St. John Ambulance about the dangers of Poisoning for Young Children
It's not easy being a parent with young children. You
have to protect them constantly. It doesn't take long to realize that an
infant will put just about anything in their mouth. Poisoning is an
Even the most careful parent may find that their child
has consumed a poisonous substance. Whether swallowed or inhaled, poisoning
can have swift and deadly consequences. You have to react fast.
St. John Ambulance, Canada's first aid leader, advises
that poisoning needs medical attention.
First aid for poisoning
Here's what you can do to help a poisoned person.
1. Call for immediate medical attention. Describe the
casualty's condition and type of poison ingested, if you know, and follow
their advice on first aid.
2. Assess the casualty's condition. If breathing stops,
be sure to clean the mouth area of residue poison before attempting artificial
respiration. Use a barrier device if possible.
3. Do not dilute a poison that has been swallowed
unless on the advice of a medical professional.
4. Never induce vomiting except on the specific advice
of a physician.
5. For inhaled poisons, move the casualty to where an
ample supply of fresh air is available.
6. If a poisoned casualty vomits, keep their airway
clear by cleaning out their mouth.
Poisoning is often a serious, life-threatening
condition. Medical help is imperative, however, prompt first aid can save a
life. Learn all you need to know by taking a St. John Ambulance first aid
course. See the office in your area or check us out online at www.sja.ca
- News Canada
Tips provided by St. John Ambulance (NC)
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