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Suspected poisoning is one of the most common reasons for young children to be taken to A&E. Swallowing medicines like painkillers found in handbags or bedside drawers are the most common way for children to be poisoned.

  • Keep medicines and cleaning products up high and put safety catches on cupboard doors
  • Liquid laundry tablets are extremely dangerous - keep them locked away or stored up high
  • Keep blister packs of tablets out of reach - a 3-4 year old can open them in seconds
  • 'Child-resistant' caps are not child proof - keep them out of reach
  • Clear away any glasses with alcohol dregs in them as even small amounts of alcohol can be harmful to young children
  • Teach children not to eat anything picked from outside as a poisonous berry can look appetising
  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide alarm fitted - you can't see, smell or taste it but it can kill 

Read more in our home safety blog.