Toddlers are curious by nature. Your toddler might still be learning about the world by putting things in her mouth.
A poison is something that can get on your skin, in your eyes, be breathed in, or be swallowed and can hurt you or make you sick. A poison could be lots of things.
A poisoning could be swallowing a button or a battery, taking someone else's medicine, or taking too much of her own medicine. Toddlers are most often poisoned by cleaners and medicines.
Store your poisons in a high, locked cupboard. Watch your toddler closely when cleaners are being used.
Measure medicine with the cup given (not kitchen spoons which could give too much or too little). Always read the label every time you use a medicine.
Health Canada says not to use cough or cold medicine for children under age six. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for questions about medicine.
If you are in Nova Scotia or PEI and have a question about poison, the IWK Regional Poison Centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call.
Call the IWK Regional Poison Centre at 1-800-565-8161.
In New Brunswick, call 911.