If you suspect baby has been poisoned, either by ingestion, skin contact or by breathing in toxic fumes, follow these tips while you wait for help to arrive.
Once mobile, babies can quickly get into everything. It’s important to baby proof before baby is on the move. Change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector, put hazardous materials out of reach, make sure the floor is clear of small, chokable items, and never use harsh chemicals, such as pesticides on floors that baby will crawl on. Even with the most diligent caretakers, accidents sometimes happen. If you suspect baby has been poisoned, either by ingestion, skin contact or by breathing in toxic fumes, call 911 or your local poison control center (800-222-1222) immediately.
While waiting for medical assistance, follow these treatment tips:
- Ingested poison: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) instructs, “Have the child spit out any remaining substance. Do not make your child vomit. Do not use syrup of ipecac.” Offer baby small sips of water only.
- Eye poison: If a hazardous substance has come in contact with baby’s eyes, pour lukewarm water gently and continuously over the inner corner of the eye to flush it out. The AAP suggests a steady stream for 15 minutes or until help arrives.
- Skin poison: For poison on the skin, remove clothes from baby and rinse skin immediately. Some experts even suggest getting in shower with baby. If you suspect that the poisonous substance is on baby’s clothing, rinse the clothing before removing to avoid additional contact with the skin.
- Exposure to poisonous fumes: If your baby has been exposed to toxic fumes, seek fresh air immediately. If breathing has stopped, perform infant CPR until help arrives.
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