If you suspect that your child may have ingested a poison, call 911 immediately. The number of the Poison Control Center is 800-222-1222.
In 2014, the 55 U.S. poison control centers provided telephone guidance for nearly 2.2 million human poison exposures.1 That’s about:
6.7 poison exposures/1000 population,
42.6 poison exposures in children younger than 6 years/1000 children,
1 poison exposure reported to U.S. poison control centers every 15 seconds.
Young Children Risks
Young children are curious and use their home as a place to learn and explore. Exploring for younger children is often done by mouthing objects which puts them at greater risk of unintentional poisonings. For young children who are unable to read, a bottle of orange-scented household cleaner may be mistaken for orange juice; the medicine in a pill container may look like candy; and baby oil, which can be deadly if ingested, can resemble a clear drink.