Poisoning - keeping children safe
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Dangerous things are swallowed every day by children, usually when they are at home. Most of the children who swallow poisonous things are under the age of three, when they are too young to know what is safe and what is dangerous.
Labels with words or even pictures will not keep young children safe.
Raising Children Network The Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government.
In Australia there is a Poisons Information Line where trained staff can provide information about what to do if a child swallows something that might be dangerous. Take the container to the phone and ring the centre on 13 11 26. In other places ring your local poisons centre or hospital.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.