According to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), poisons can be:
The main cause of children's deaths from poisoning is vitamin pills with iron. A child can die after swallowing as few as five vitamin pills with iron.
There are a few simple things you can do to prevent your child from drinking or swallowing a poison:
For more information, go to the Minnesota Poison Control System at mnpoison.org.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers does not recommend that you keep syrup of ipecac in your home. It is safe to flush down the toilet.
Call 1-800-222-1222 right away if you think your child swallowed poison.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic