Learn when to call Poison Control for you, another adult or a child in your household.

Did you know that anyone with a phone can access free help for exposure to harmful poisons? Here are some tips to guide you when it comes to calling Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222:

Don't worry about calling
When it comes to calling Poison Control, don’t let embarrassment about calling sway you. Parents have called with questions about everything from accidental overdose to strange occurrences like children licking printer ink. Kids can get into all sorts of things and they can get into them very quickly. Err on the side of caution if you think a child in your house may have ingested or otherwise come into contact with a poisonous substance.

Understand that poisons come in many varieties
When you think poison, you may be thinking of a bottle with a skull and crossbones on it. The fact is, in our world, poison isn’t so clearly labeled. Poison can come in the form of paint, nail polish remover, antifreeze, bug spray, toxic gases or over the counter medication. If you or a child has been exposed to a harmful substance, call poison control.

Know that you can call for adults
Parents make up a large number of calls, but Poison Control reports that adults accounted for 92 percent of all poison-related deaths reported to poison centers. If an adult has been exposed to an overdose of medication or any other harmful substance, don’t hesitate to call 1-800-222-1222.

Don’t wait for scary symptoms
If you think someone has been exposed to a harmful substance, call Poison Control immediately. Don’t wait for symptoms like vomiting, lethargy or loss of consciousness.Let experts help you assess the situation. If you’ve mixed medications and you’re unsure or if you think someone has been exposed to poison, call for help with the situation.

Need to take your child to the Emergency Room for a poison related issue? Visit kid-friendly ER at Alliance. If you would like help finding a doctor, give our physician referral line a call at 1-855-5NHILLS.

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