Household Items - A Danger To Young Children

Last Editorial Review: 3/7/2000

Parents of young children may at times feel like they need to have eyes in the back of their heads! Too often child-proofing is not enough of a deterrent for the curious and resourceful child. Frequently, items consumed or used by adults are accidentally left within the range of a toddling toddler. Accidental ingestion of dangerous or toxic items by young children is totally preventable. Parents be on guard!

Below is a list of the agents most commonly consumed by children less than six years of age from 1995 - 1998:

Agents Ingested Number of Children
Cosmetics and personal care products 568,856
Cleaning products 500,791
Analgesics 354,722
Plants 322,991
Cough and cold preparations 278,460
Foreign bodies 256,263
Topical agents 234,997
Pesticides 164,277
Vitamins 151,871
Hydorcarbons 106,269


*Litovitz TL, Klein-Schwartz W, Caravati EM, Youniss J, Crouch B, Lee S, 1998 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers Toxic Exposure Surveillance System, Am J Emergy Med 1999: 17:435-87

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