By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.
Website: http://www.startingadaycarecenter.com

Each year, accidental poisonings from medicines and household chemicals kill about 30 children. Young children are known for exploring avidly with their mouths. They don't know the difference between what is good for them or bad, leaving the parent or caregiver the dutiful task of keeping the house safe and secure.

The most common causes of poisoning in young children are: drugs, medicines, cleaning supplies, plants, cosmetics, pesticides, paints and solvents. Overdose of medicines such as multivitamins containing iron are one of the most common causes of poisoning in children under age 5.

Following are some suggestions to prevent poisoning in children:

Following are some suggestions that can help if you think that your child has been poisoned:

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