If you find your child with an open or empty container of a toxic substance, your child may have been poisoned. Stay calm and act quickly:
- Get the poison away from the child.
- If the substance is still in the child's mouth, make him or her spit it out or remove it with your fingers. Keep this along with any other evidence of what the child has swallowed.
- Don't make the child vomit.
- Don't follow instructions on packaging about poisoning. These are often outdated. Instead, call your child's health care provider or poison control center right away for instructions.
Call Poison Control at 800-222-1222, your child's health care provider, or go to the closest emergency room if your child has any of these symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Trouble breathing
- Drowsiness, irritability or jumpiness
- Nausea, vomiting or stomach pain without fever
- Lip or mouth burns or blisters
- Unusual drooling
- Strange odors on your child's breath
- Unusual stains on your child's clothing
Take or send the poison container with your child. This is to let the health care provider know what your child swallowed. Both the poison control center and your child's health care provider will need this information:
- Your name and phone number
- Your child's name, age and weight
- Any health conditions your child has
- Any medicines your child is taking
- The name of the substance your child swallowed. Read it from the container and spell it out.
- The time your child swallowed the poison (or when you found your child), and the amount you think was swallowed
- Any symptoms your child is having
- If the substance was a prescription medicine, give all the information on the label, including the name of the medicine:
- If the name of the medicine is not on the label, give the name and phone number of the pharmacy, and the date of the prescription.
- What the pill looked like (if you can tell) and if it had any printed numbers or letters on it.
- If your child swallowed another substance, such as a part of a plant, describe it as much as you can to help identify it.