Poisonings in young children: Giving the right advice is crucial

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Poisonings in young children: Giving the right advice is crucial

Carmen Pope

Liquid Paracetamol child spoon
Paracetamol is a common cause of poisoning because it is one of the most common household medicines [Image: iStock.com – napatcha]

Healthcare Handbook technical editor Carmen Pope discusses poisonings in young children

YOU ANSWER A FRANTIC PHONE CALL from one of your customers, a young Mum who says her toddler has just swallowed the rest of the contents of a paraceta

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2. U.S. Pharmacist. Acetaminophen Toxicity: What Pharmacists Need to Know. 19 March 2014. https://www.uspharmacist.com/article/acetaminophen-toxicity-what-pharmacists-need-to-know

3. Starship Hospital. Paracetamol Poisoning. 2 May 2022. https://starship.org.nz/guidelines/paracetamol-poisoning/

4. Starship Hospital. Poisoning – management of childhood. 13 June 2017. https://starship.org.nz/guidelines/poisoning-management-of-childhood/

5. Fookes C (Tech Ed). Poisonings. Healthcare Handbook 2023–2024. Auckland, NZ: The Health Media Ltd; 2023. https://www.pharmacytoday.co.nz/healthcare-handbook

6. KidsHealth. Button Battery Dangers For Children. 14 November 2022. https://www.kidshealth.org.nz/button-battery-dangers-children

7. Kids Health. Magnet Dangers For Children. 3 May 2023. https://www.kidshealth.org.nz/magnet-dangers-children