Summer Exposes Children to More Toxins, Chemicals

8 years 1 month 1 week ago Wednesday, May 30 2012 May 30, 2012 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 1:10:00 PM CDT May 30, 2012 in News
By: Molly Balkenbush
loading

COLUMBIA - To keep newly-opened pools clean and newly-sprouted plants green, homeowners will have to bust out chemicals that have been hiding in the shed all year. Extra chemicals and toxins around the home mean keeping a special eye on one group of people: children.

The Missouri Poison Center gets around 50 more phone calls a day during the summer season compared to the rest of the year. 

Julie Weber, director at the center, said there are precautions parents can take to avoid summer poison accidents.

"We really like to strongly, strongly suggest to get products up and locked away," Weber said. "You want them out of the sight of children."

One local mother had a scare when her daughter got a hold of some medicine left out on the counter.

"I looked over and she had some red-like paint stuff on her mouth and her fingers. I was like, 'What do you have?' and then started taking out Advil from her mouth," Jessica Geta-Buessler said.

Weber said one common mistakes parents make when taking summer trips is throwing medicines into a bag and then placing the bag in the back seat of the vehicle near children. She said it is important to keep bags with medicine up front or away from children.

Another summertime hazard is the oil used to put in tiki torches, known as a "lookalike" poison. The liquid is in a plastic bottle and is the same color as apple juice.

Here is a list of other poison lookalikes to keep an eye out for.

Windshield-wiper fiuid, mouthwash and rinse agent for dishwashers look similar to blue sports drinks.Windshield-wiper fluid, mouthwash and rinse agent for dishwashers look similar to blue sports drinks.

Laxatives and mini chocolate bars.

Glitter glue and denture adhesives can look similar to toothpaste.

Mouthwash and household cleaner also look similar to apple juice.

Gummy vitamins and gummy bears are nearly identical in appearance.

 

Ibuprofen tablets, iron supplement tablets and aspirin tablets look similar to candy-coated chocolates.

Candy can be mistaken for mice pellets and chewable cold medicine. 

Calcium supplement chewable tablets and candy also look similar in the eyes of children. 

Tips to help you look out for look-alikes by the Missouri Poison Center:

1. Remind children that vitamins are a form of medicine and should only be taken when given by an adult. Never make a game of taking medicine.

2. Do not store medicine and other household products in the same areas where food is stored. Store them out of reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.

3. Do not take medicine in front of your children.

4. Keep all products and medicines in their original containers. Weber said this is important because if a child does accidentally swallow medicine, a parent will be able to tell the poison control center what it was and possibly the ingredients in it.

5. Be aware that children learn to associate colors with flavors (yellow is lemon, red is cherry, etc.) but this can be dangerous.

6. Some windshield cleaner fluids look like blue sports drinks, but they are extremely hazardous. Swallowing even just one mouthful can cause blindness.

7. Keep a close eye on products when you are using them. Seventy-five percent of poison exposures happen while a product is in use. If you have to move away to answer the phone or the doorbell, take the child with you.

 

Images from cardinalglennon.com.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Several community members talked about the need to hold each other along with leaders accountable following a double... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 7:31:00 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 6:09:26 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
MARIES COUNTY - The Maries County Sheriff's Office recovered human remains near the Gasconade River on Sunday, according to a... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 5:26:00 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
MOBERLY - Movie lovers have something to be excited about: some theaters are starting to reopen. The B&B Moberly... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 4:34:00 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY — A one year old boy was killed at about 9:50 a.m. July 4 after being hit by... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 1:37:00 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The Columbia Public School District released plans for reopening in the fall and said on June 22 that... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 1:00:00 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — UPDATE: In a press conference on Sunday, Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones provided details on an overnight shooting... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 10:57:00 AM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Democratic Party’s chairwoman is stepping aside until at least September. The Kansas... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 04 2020 Jul 4, 2020 Saturday, July 04, 2020 6:22:27 PM CDT July 04, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Jackson County, Missouri, prosecutor says two brothers have been charged with second-degree murder and... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 04 2020 Jul 4, 2020 Saturday, July 04, 2020 4:29:38 PM CDT July 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Fourth of July is a day which commemorates freedom. But this year’s holiday follows weeks of... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 04 2020 Jul 4, 2020 Saturday, July 04, 2020 3:45:00 PM CDT July 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A rally was held at the Boone County Courthouse Saturday morning in an effort to show support for... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 04 2020 Jul 4, 2020 Saturday, July 04, 2020 3:23:00 PM CDT July 04, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 04 2020 Jul 4, 2020 Saturday, July 04, 2020 10:12:00 AM CDT July 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA —As mid-Missouri experiences a rise in coronavirus cases, the Health Department is struggling to keep up with contact tracing.... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 6:51:53 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
VIENNA — The Historical Society of Maries County is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can provide "substantial information"... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 6:32:32 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Four bars within 24 hours may have been exposed to someone who had COVID-19. Boone County Health... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 6:29:00 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - Hundreds of mid-Missourians stocked up on fireworks this week for the Fourth of July. 73-year-old Jim Edwards... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 5:50:00 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
BONNE TERRE, MO. (AP) — An eastern Missouri county has seen a big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, and... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 3:52:13 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA—Columbia City Council will vote Monday on a new mask ordinance that would require face coverings in all public places.... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 3:51:00 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
5am 73°
6am 72°
7am 74°
8am 78°