NYC Pregnancy and Baby Care Information: Click to return to the Health Department's home page.
Translate this Page Printer Friendly Format Email A Friend Health News Text Size Small Font Medium Font Large Font


A Healthy Home

Household Products can Poison Kids

Common household products, such as bleach and laundry detergent were a leading cause of unintentional poisonings in New York City last year, prompting a fourth of all calls to the city's Poison Control Center. The city's Poison Control Center received nearly 70,000 calls in 2010, 40% of which were for children under five. About 90% of poisonings occur in the home.

Keep cleaners, medicines and cosmetics out of children's reach or locked in cabinets. If you suspect a poisoning has happened or have questions about medicine safety, call 212-POISONS right away. Do not wait for symptoms. The poison specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are free of charge. Translator services are available.

Poison Control

Store household cleaners and pesticides away from children. Learn more about preventing unintentional poisonings.

Top Reasons for Calls to Poison Control Center for
Children Under Five (2010)

Hazard

Examples

Number of Calls

1. Cosmetic/personal care

hand soap, shampoo

2,362

2. Household Cleaners

Bleach, ammonia, detergent

1,677

3. Analgesics

ibuprofen, acetaminophen

1,554

4. Foreign Bodies

silica packets from bags/shoes

1,456

5. Topical

diaper rash cream, petroleum jelly

1,288

6. Vitamins

tablets

672

7. Pesticide/Rodenticides

bait pellets

593

8. Arts/Crafts

crayons, glue

561

9. Cough & Cold

cough syrup, cold medicine

513

10. Antihistamines

tablets

447

More Resources:


    Right click and copy the NYC Pregnancy RSS feed into your feed reader.