Household Poisons and Kids

Household products and personal care products are the top reasons for calls to NYC Poison Control Center for potential exposures in children younger than five.

About 90% of poisonings occur in the home.

Keep cleaners, medicines and cosmetics out of children's reach or locked in cabinets. If you suspect a poisoning has happened or have questions about medicine safety, call (800) 222-1222 right away. Do not wait for symptoms. The poison specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are free of charge. Translation services are available.

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Top Reasons for Calls to Poison Control Center for Children Under Five (2016)

Hazard

Examples

Number of Calls

1. Cosmetics/
Personal care products

Hand soap, Shampoo

4,099

2. Household Cleaners

Bleach, Ammonia, Detergent

2,709

3. Analgesics

Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen

2,476

4. Foreign Bodies

Silica packets from bags/shoes

2,006

5. Topical

Diaper rash cream, Petroleum jelly

1,643

6. Vitamins

Tablets

1,458

7. Antihistamines

954

8. Pesticide/
Rodenticides

Bait pellets

813

9. Antibiotics

Liquid, Tablet

668

10. Arts/Crafts

Crayons, Glue

561

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