Increased use of cleaning products leads to increased poisonings in children
The combination of more young children at home for virtual learning and parents at home focusing on multiple priorities at once leads to less monitoring and more poison control calls about children exposed to cleaning products.
Cass Herring, tech adviser at Smart Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit working to protect children, said parents are staying vigilant about keeping their homes clean during the pandemic.
This has led to a continuous increase in the demand for cleaning products. The challenge of raising children during a pandemic combined with more household cleaners is the perfect storm to increase injuries.
Children are very curious and mimic what parents do, Herring said. So if a parent is cleaning, the kids may be interested in what they are using.
But in the first few months of the pandemic, calls to poison control centers across the country increased by 70% alone.
As of December 31, 2021, poison centers were managing 23,529 cases of exposure to hand sanitizer alone in children 12 and under.
She said it is very important for parents to avoid these pitfalls and ensure that young children do not fall victim to these types of poisoning.
For example, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are sold in containers that look like water bottles, baby food pouches, and even beer cans.
Herring offered three tips for keeping children safe around cleaning products.
Store household products out of the reach and sight of children.
Herring said to think about a child’s eye level. Often this is at countertops and under kitchen and bathroom sinks. So keep cleaning supplies, laundry packets, and hand sanitizers up high where children can’t reach or see them.
Keep household products in their original containers and read product labels.
Parents should use and store the products according to their labels. Children can get into children’s homes quickly, so parents shouldn’t leave cleaning supplies or personal care products unattended while using them, Herring said.
Save the Poison Help number in your phone and display it prominently at home.
The poison control number is 1-800-222-1222. Herring said poison control center specialists provide free, confidential expert medical advice around the clock. They can answer questions and help in a poisoning emergency and even let you know if you should take the child to the emergencies, depending on the situation.
Herring said if parents see an unopened bottle or package of cleaning product lying around and they’re not sure if a child has ingested it, it’s always best to call the poison control center, explain the symptoms. , if applicable, and let them guide you on the right path. .
Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]
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