Medicine Collection Day: A prescription for clean water and safe kids

Medicine Collection Day: A prescription for clean water and safe kidsAcross the U.S., Medicine Collection Day will be held on Saturday, April 26. This is a great way to safely dispose of unused medicines. This event is held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

In 2013, 56 percent of calls to the Wisconsin Poison Center involved either prescription or …Continue reading →

Top 5 causes of poisonings in children ages 5-10

Top 5 causes of poisonings in children ages 5-10Once children are in elementary school, they are more familiar with the concept of accidental ingestion of a poison. But kids have a natural curiosity, and they often don’t think about the consequences of their actions. Children may think they know what something is …Continue reading →

Learn when to call the Wisconsin Poison Center: (800) 222-1222

Keep the Wisconsin Poison Center phone number handyAccidental ingestions can occur anywhere — at home, at a family member’s house, in the park, at the mall — wherever you travel. One statewide resource that is constant is the Wisconsin Poison Center.

Program the number of the Wisconsin Poison Center in your cell phone: (800) 222-1222. Wherever you go, this toll-free number will connect you to certified poison specialists for …Continue reading →

Why you shouldn’t trust a Google search to save your child’s life

Why you shouldn't trust a Google search to save your child's lifeWhile it may seem easier and more efficient to do a Google search and find out how to treat various ingestions, oftentimes you could be receiving the wrong information. Most people don’t have the medical knowledge to sift through the vast array of resources online, …Continue reading →

Top 5 causes of poisonings in kids younger than 5

Top 5 causes of poisonings in kids younger than 5Kids who aren’t school-age yet are curious and can get into anything! While there are lots of dangerous items that can be appealing to a small child, here are the top five potential …Continue reading →

Swallowing tiny magnets: A big concern for children

Swallowing tiny magnets: A big concern for childrenPowerful, rare-earth (neodymium) magnets can cause serious injury and death if swallowed. They are up to ten times more powerful than traditional magnets and attract each other even if they are in different areas of the digestive system.

In the past, swallowed magnets generally could be treated with a wait-and-see approach, relying on them to pass without incident. With the proliferation of these small rare-earth …Continue reading →

Beware of disturbing trend: Candy laced with prescription or illicit drugs

Beware of disturbing trend: Candy laced with prescription or illicit drugs

Marijuana can be hidden in food products.

Wisconsin Poison Center wants parents to be aware of a new trend spreading across Wisconsin that’s all trick and no treat.

Suckers and toffee are being melted down purposely and laced with crushed prescription drugs or powdered illicit drugs. In particular, stimulants such as amphetamines have been discovered in these “treats.”

The intent is to mimic an ordinary candy sucker so it’s hard to detect. Lacing candy …Continue reading →

Why storms and power outages increase your family’s chances for carbon monoxide poisoning

Why storms and power outages increase your family’s chances for carbon monoxide poisoning

Breathing in high levels of CO can cause loss of consciousness and death.

Severe storms — such as tornados and thunderstorms — strike most often in Wisconsin during the summer months when temperatures are warm. It’s important to know the danger isn’t over once the storm blows through — especially if power is knocked out.

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is the most common poison-related cause of hospitalization and death in the wake of …Continue reading →

5 steps to eliminating common outdoor poisonings

5 steps to eliminating common outdoor poisonings

Keep chemicals away from children.

If your kids enjoy playing outside, they could get into some dangerous situations with outdoor poisons. Many family garages and sheds are home to lawn chemicals, fluids, paints and pesticides.

Here are some basic tips to help keep your children — and yourself — safe: …Continue reading →

Why energy drinks may be a health hazard

Why energy drinks may be a health hazard

Because of the way energy drinks are labeled, it can be difficult to know how much caffeine is in a drink.

They’re fruity, they taste good and they give you that boost of energy you need to get through the day. But energy drinks can be harmful. Toxicologists at Wisconsin Poison Center urge parents to use caution and common sense when using energy drink products — for yourself and especially for your children.

From Jan. 1 through April 30 this year, poison centers across the country received reports of 1,060 individual cases …Continue reading →