Number of childhood poisonings has dropped - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Number of childhood poisonings has dropped

By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –Good news, the number of childhood poisonings has dropped 46 percent in the last 20 years. Researchers give the credit to parents for being more aware of danger, and to manufacturers for making better child resistant packaging.  However, studies at Ohio State University Medical School,  have found a poison problem in cleaning products that hasn't been addressed much. Within the last 10 years, more than a quarter million children under age 5 were rushed to emergency rooms because they took a drink from a common household cleaner.  Researchers have studied that we forget to close the nozzles on common cleaning products, which leaves open access for a child.

"They're very alluring to children, they're brightly colored in terms of their packaging and the scent is attractive…many spray bottles have a nozzle that you can turn that would change the stream or close the stream but that's not necessarily child resistant." says Lara McKenzie, PhD. Ohio State University.

Dr. McKenzie said that nearly half the poisonings recorded nationwide in recent years has been from products stored in spray bottles. So, she's encouraging parents keep cleaners, especially bleach, locked away in cabinets and in their original containers. By the way, this number should be in every cell phone, or close to your land line. The poison hotline number is 1-800-222-1222.

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