Common Poisons And Treatments Teaching Children

Whether your children are at school, playing outside or even safe at home, they’re exposed to poisonous substances on a daily basis. Teaching your children about poisons is an essential part of keeping them safe wherever they are. Teaching kids the basics — what poison is, how they can avoid it and what to do in the case of an emergency — can be the difference between a healthy childhood and one plagued by a health problem linked to poison.

Poison Safety for Children

The first step in teaching children about poisons is to explain to them, in simple terms, what poison is and how it can be harmful to them. Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself before you talk to your children about poisons:

  • What do they need to know?
  • How can they prevent poisoning?
  • What should they do in the case of an emergency?

Now let’s take a closer look at each of these questions.

What Children Need to Know About Poison Safety

Explain to your children that poison is any substance that can harm their bodies. You may want to explain to them that the following household items may contain poison:

  • Car products
  • Cleaners
  • Makeup
  • Medications
  • Plants
  • Soap.

You should also inform them about the dangers of eating certain foods and alcohol. Let them know that if they ever question whether something may be poisonous they need to come to you for guidance.

How Children Can Prevent Poisoning

Children often learn best with visual aids, so a game or poster can make your lesson more interactive and memorable. Make a map of your house and put red X’s where poisonous objects may be found. You can also show your children substances that look alike. For example, apple juice may look just like a cleaning substance, and water may look just like rubbing alcohol. Teach your kids the difference between substances and how to distinguish between them.

What Children Need to Know About Emergencies

Last but not least, teaching kids what to in the case of an emergency is essential. Teach them how to dial 911 and place the number for the Poison Control Center — (800) 222-1222 in the US — next to the phone. Make sure they understand that if an accident occurs, they should call for help right away.

Although the lesson may be difficult, teaching your children about poisons is important. Poison safety for children can help prevent accidents and keep both you and your family safe and healthy.

Resources

American Association of Poison Control Center. (n. d.). Poisoning prevention. Retrieved from http://www.aapcc.org/DNN/.

My Child Safety. (n. d.). Child poison safety. Retrieved from http://www.mychildsafety.net/child-poison-safety.html.

Poison Center Tampa. (n. d.). Teaching poison prevention to children grades K-3. Retrieved May 25, 2010, from http://www.poisoncentertampa.org/resources/1/teachingkids/teaching-preschoolers.pdf.

Safe Kids. (n. d.). Safety basics. Retrieved May 25, 2010, from http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/little-kids/.