FAMILY & KIDS

What To Do If Your Child Is Poisoned By Dishwashing Powder Or Other Chemical, And How To Prevent This Kind Of Accident

Date August 3, 2018 14:52

Dishwasher powder: an underestimated poisoning hazard

Household chemicals are made for our convenience, and they make doing chores easier, but they can become a potentially deadly poison in the hands of our little ones. Some of these chemicals are more potent than others, and dishwasher powder and tablets are on this list.

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How can you prevent your child from coming into contact with dishwasher powder, tablets, and other concentrated cleaners? And do you know what to do in case your child is exposed to these chemicals? Below, we list some recommendations on how to prevent such accidents and what to do if they do happen.

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How to prevent kids from getting their hand on household chemicals

Many cleaners come in colorful bottles, boxes, and packages, and that may attract young children’s attention. If they manage to get their hands on dishwashing tablets or other chemical, it’s quite likely they will put in their mouth, spill it all over themselves, or get it into their eyes.

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To prevent such situations, the following is recommended:

  • store all household chemicals in a locked cabinet out of your child’s reach;
  • make sure any other chemicals in your home, such as perfume or hair spray, are out of your child’s reach too;
  • when you’re using any household chemical, keep an eye on the container and on your child, and put the chemical away immediately after use.

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What to do if your child is exposed to dishwasher powder or other chemical

Even if your home is childproof, an accident may happen anyway. If your child comes into contact with dishwasher powder or tablet, here’s what you should know (the following applies to other cleaners):

  • know the number of poison control (for the U.S., the nationwide number is 1-800-222-1222); put it into your cellphone and keep it readily available next to the phones around your home;
  • if your child is awake and alert after the contact with chemical, call poison control and keep the package from the chemical at hand to describe it to the operator;
  • if your child loses consciousness, call 911 right away;
  • even if the child is conscious and breathing, he or she will still need to be evaluated by a doctor;

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  • if your child swallows the chemical, he or she should rinse his or her mouth thoroughly, and you should follow the instructions from poison control;
  • if the chemical got into your child’s eyes, rinse them with large amounts of running water for at least 15 or 20 minutes and call your doctor or poison control;
  • if your child’s skin is exposed to the chemical, immediately rinse the exposed area with large amounts of water and call your doctor or poison control.

According to the CDC, more than 300 American children of all ages (aged 0 to 19) end up in the ER with poisoning every day, and two of these children die. Poisoning with household chemicals accounts for a large portion of these cases. But accidents of this kind are almost always preventable, and you can take steps to make sure your child stays safe.

Source: CDC, Everyday Health, New Zealand National Poisons Centre

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Before using any of the information provided above, consult a certified specialist. Use of the information outlined above can be harmful to health. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm or other consequences that may result from the use of the information provided above.