n Patient Information for the Gloucestershire Health Community s io e r Accidental ingestion of medicines or any v dangerous substance n e nli o GHPI0706_12_06 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 n 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 o 1. Find out, what has been also available. i 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. s your children from swallowing them. the obvious things that are harmful 2. Read the instructions on the to your child. Cigarettes, talcum r 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 e Do keep medicines and – if it is, seek medical help for your child’s sake dangerous substances in locked immediately. v 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. e 4. Do not make your child vomit. SUBSTANCES OUT OF THE not reach them by stretching or climbing REACH OF CHILDREN n Remember li 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. n pop bottles or another bottle 2. Take the container and a sample that is marked with the incorrect of what has been ingested with o 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.