Cleaning agent swallowed: do not induce child to vomit

Imprudent action in an emergency can be life-threatening
It is the nightmare of all parents: the child gets to the cleaning or medicine cabinet and swallows some of the toxic substances. If this should actually happen, correct and quick action is vital. This includes that parents should not induce vomiting in the event of poisoning in their child. Because this can cause the toxins to do even more damage.

Poisoning is one of the most common types of accidents in children
Whether cleaning agents, flower fertilizers or medicines: poisoning is a typical emergency, especially for small children. In such a situation, quick and correct action is required to avoid severe symptoms and long-term consequences. If the child has swallowed something poisonous, parents should not make him vomit - even if it is obvious. The Federal Association of German Pharmacists' Associations warns of this, according to the "dpa" news agency. Because vomiting, it is therefore possible for dangerous substances to get into the respiratory tract and cause more damage there than would be the case in the stomach.

Call the poison control center immediately
If there is suspicion of poisoning by cleaning agents. Medication or similar parents should call the emergency services center at 112 or one of the special poison control centers instead. These can be reached around the clock in the event of acute poisoning and provide parents with expert advice on how to proceed. A list of the responsible poison control centers and poison information centers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can be found on the website of the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety.

The first aid app "Poisoning accidents in children" from the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) can also be helpful, which can be downloaded free of charge from the respective app stores. Here parents can read a lot of important information and recommendations for action on the topic of "poisoning" and, in an emergency, call the responsible poison information center from the app. Despite all the help, the application cannot, of course, replace emergency call 112 in an emergency. (No)

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