Nine out of 10 poisonings occur in the home. In past years, nearly 5,000 children younger than 5 in Florida were treated in emergency rooms for poisoning.
The biggest risk? Medication.
While the overall rate of child poisoning deaths has declined through the years, the percentage involving medication has increased significantly, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.
It’s all preventable. A recent study showed that medicine was well within children’s reach in 67 percent of the medication poisoning cases — either on the floor, in a wallet or purse or on a table/dresser.
Nearly one in three medication poisonings that resulted in ER visits were from kids raiding their grandparents’ medication. Doctors have started calling this the granny syndrome.
E-cigarettes are a risk too. Their growing popularity has led to a jump in calls to Florida poison centers involving children swallowing liquid nicotine.
In recent years, there have been at least nine cases in South Florida of children exposed to liquid nicotine, ranging in age from 14 months to 4 years old.