Accidental Ingestion of Medicines or Any Dangerous Substance by hkksew3563rd

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                                                   Patient Information for the
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                            e r         Accidental ingestion
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          Contact: Paediatric
      Review due: December 2009
Introduction                           What to do if your child               To help decide the most appropriate
                                       swallows a dangerous                   treatment, a file is kept listing drugs




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Medicines and dangerous liquids
                                                                              and there side effects. A direct line
can be very tempting to children,      substance
                                                                              to the poisons information centre is
they look like sweets or juice and




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                                       1. Find out, what has been             also available.




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children do not know the difference,      swallowed, how much and the
therefore it is up to you to protect                                          Please remember that it is not always
                                          time it was swallowed.




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your children from swallowing them.                                           the obvious things that are harmful
                                       2. Read the instructions on the        to your child. Cigarettes, talcum




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                                          label carefully to determine        powder, plant seeds or alcohol for
Some do’s and don’ts                      if the substance is dangerous       example can also be dangerous, so




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 Do keep medicines and                   – if it is, seek medical help       for your child’s sake
  dangerous substances in locked          immediately.




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  cupboards                            3. Seek medical help immediately
                                          if unsure as to whether the
                                                                                    KEEP ALL MEDICINES
 Do keep these high above work                                                   AND OTHER DANGEROUS
  surfaces where children can             substance is dangerous.




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                                       4. Do not make your child vomit.
                                                                                  SUBSTANCES OUT OF THE
  not reach them by stretching or
  climbing
                                                                                    REACH OF CHILDREN




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 Do keep medicines out of sight
 Do not store dangerous fluids,       1. Do not delay in seeking medical
  e.g. bleach, petrol, acid etc. in       help.




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  pop bottles or another bottle        2. Take the container and a sample
  that is marked with the incorrect       of what has been ingested with




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  label                                   you to the hospital or doctor.
 Do not remove original labels        Once in the Emergency Department
  you may get confused what is in      the medical staff will decide the
  the bottle                           appropriate treatment.

								
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