Poison and children
Accidental death from eating or drinking dangerous household substances happens mostly to children. Almost 60% of all calls received by the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center (RMPDC) are associated with poisoning episodes in children 5 years-of-age and younger.
The leading causes of poison episodes in Idaho children are analgesics (pain killers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen); cosmetics and personal care products; household cleaning and automotive products; foreign bodies (including magnets); and topical preparations (for example, diaper cream). Most poisoning exposures occur in a child’s own home.