Kids will go out of their way to ingest the weirdest stuff. Often times the same child who is reluctant to try anything other than milk or juice will throw back a shot of laundry detergent like it’s nobody’s business. This can force parents to make rapid decisions about seeking medical help. What things are dangerous, what can be ignored, and should I call poison control if my kid drank this? These are the questions that float to mind when you’re holding the empty bottle of cough syrup.
And even when you take the precaution of storing everything out of reach, sometimes your child manages to tear into a bottle of mouthwash the second you get home from the store. Also: sometimes children are absolute geniuses at removing so-called childproof packaging. Where do they get so much grip strength?
If you have no time to spare, then contact the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 1-800-222-1222 at any time. But if you don’t have an active emergency, just a curious kid who gets into everything, then read on to learn about which substances are the most dangerous. You may never look at that scented bottle of hand sanitizer the same way again.