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Household Cleaning Products Poisoning and first aid

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Preventing Household Poisoning in Children

Risks and Awareness

Thousands of children and infants require medical care each year due to poisoning from common household products.

  • Most Vulnerable Group: Children under five, especially those aged one to three, are at the highest risk.
  • UK Hospital Admissions: Approximately 15 children under five are admitted daily due to sudden poisoning incidents.

Causes of Poisoning

Young children are particularly vulnerable due to:

  • Inquisitiveness and exploration leading to ingestion of household items.
  • Copying behaviours, including handling dangerous products.
  • Mistaking detergent capsules for toys or sweets, posing ingestion and eye irritation risks.

Symptoms of Poisoning

Serious poisoning may present with:

  • Projectile vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Drowsiness or reduced consciousness
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Seizures

Immediate Actions for Suspected Poisoning

  • Seek Medical Help: Contact emergency services immediately.
  • Do Not: Allow the child to drink anything or induce vomiting.
  • Preserve Evidence: Keep a sample of the substance if known.
  • Unconscious Child: Attempt to wake them and encourage spitting out of pills.
  • Chemical Burns: Rinse affected areas with cold water or milk.

Providing Medical Information

When seeking medical assistance, provide:

  • Details of the substance ingested, timing, and quantity if known.
  • Circumstances of ingestion (accidental or deliberate).
  • Any observed symptoms like vomiting.

Preventing Accidents with Household Cleaning Products

  • Supervise Closely: Monitor children closely in home environments.
  • Secure Storage: Store chemicals out of sight and reach, ideally in locked cupboards.
  • Use Original Containers: Keep products in their original labelled containers.
  • Immediate Disposal: Dispose of unwanted products safely and promptly.
  • Separate Storage: Store cleaning products away from food and medicine.
  • Follow Instructions: Use products strictly according to label instructions.
  • Avoid Mixing: Do not mix household chemicals, as this can create hazardous gases.
Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit four LO5.1, 5.2, 5.3 & 5.4