Each year some 30 children in the United States die after ingesting poisonous substances commonly found around the home. Although the introduction of child-resistant packaging on many products in the 1970s has dramatically reduced the number of poisoning deaths in children, every year thousands of kids and teens are exposed to poisonous substances in the home. du Pont Pediatrics (Nemours.org) urges parents to know the facts and help prevent these senseless accidents.
“Toddlers, kids, and teens are at risk of breathing or ingesting poisons that can kill, especially when these poisons are carelessly left within reach,” warns Jaime Alkon, MD, a pediatrician at du Pont Pediatrics at Seaford. “Parents and caregivers need to be smart when it comes to exposing children to poisonous substances, and they should take the necessary steps to create a safe environment where access is limited to adults.”
duPont Pediatrics offers these tips to help parents and caregivers keep potentially poisonous substances out of the hands of children and teens:
- Create a checklist and review how medicines, cleaning products, and garden or automotive products are stored in your home or care center.
- Learn and post the U.S. poison control center phone number: 800-222-1222, in case of an emergency.
- If you have or care for an infant, toddler, or school-age child, keep all toxic agents in locked cabinets.
- Never leave vitamin bottles, aspirin bottles, or other medications where a child could find them.
- Don't leave medicines or cosmetics in your purse or within a child’s reach.
- Prevent intentional poisonings in teens, and avoid the lethal combination of alcohol, firearms, toxic substances, and medications by simply locking all cabinets.
- Stay positively involved in your child’s or teen’s emotional life so that signs like depression and anxiety can be recognized and treated appropriately, before it’s too late.
Support Group meeting
The Sussex Fibromyalgia Support Group will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m., at the Methodist Manor House, Wesley Wellness Center, 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford in the Employee Lunchroom.
Guest speaker will be Wendy Overin, “Yoga: Relaxation Techniques.” Friends and relatives are welcome.
For further information, call Jonathan Souder at 629-4593.
NHS Auxiliary meeting
The Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary will gather on Wednesday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m. for a tour of the new Cancer Center at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital; H.C. Moore, director of the unit, will conduct the special tour for auxiliary members only. Pat Olekszyk, Auxiliary president, has cancelled the regular business meeting so Auxiliary members may tour this unit. Reservations for this special tour are required. Light refreshments to follow.
New Support Group
A new support group starting for Kids with Diabetes on Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Ledo’s Pizza, located in the Wal-Mart Shopping Center in Seaford. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sondra or Allen Messick at 629-8210.
Thresholds to hold July training session
Thresholds is an all-volunteer organization which teaches decision-making skills to those incarcerated in Delaware’s prisons. By learning how to decide rather than simply react to life’s situations, inmates have a much better chance of becoming productive members of the community when released.
Thresholds has been active in Delaware for more than 20 years and currently teaches the decision-making program at the Correctional Center in Smyrna, Gander Hill Prison in Wilmington, the Baylor Women’s Corrections Center in New Castle, the Sussex Correctional Center in georgetown and the Ferris School for Juveniles in Wilmington.
Volunteers are needed who can give 2 hours a week for 10 weeks. Training will be held in late July at the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown. To register, or for more information, call the Way Home Program in Sussex County at 856-9870 or Jim Plouffe in Wilmington at 302-994-3143 (leaving your name and number) no later than June 16.