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Every 30 seconds a child is poisoned in the United States. Sixty percent of all poisonings occur to children under the age of six. Many poisonings occur when the daily household routine has been disrupted. An example of this would be having a babysitter. The most common products involved in poisonings are drugs (prescription and over-the- counter), household and chemical products, plants and cosmetics. Be aware that childproof caps are not really CHILD PROOF. They are only child resistant and if a child is given enough time they will open the container.
Keep in mind that products may have incorrect or out-of-date first aid instructions. It is very important to call the Poison Control Center or a doctor right away.
The number for Poison Control is: 1-800-222-1222
When Should Your Child Stay Home From School
With cold and flu season right around the corner, parents across the country will be asking those age old questions: Is my child too sick to go to school? Is a runny nose and slight cough enough to keep him home? Or is fever the only excuse for giving him a day off?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the typical child experiences six to 12 illnesses a year, ranging from mild to severe. These illnesses can occur any time during the year, but tend to cluster in the winter.
When it's OK to go to school
If your child is exhibiting the classic symptoms of a mild head cold - runny or stuffy nose, slight cough and watery eyes - but does not have a fever, there is no reason she can’t go to school, say experts. Be sure to instruct her to take proper hygienic precautions to prevent sharing the germs with her classmates, including frequent hand washing, covering her mouth when coughing or sneezing, and refraining from sharing eating and drinking utensils.
When should a child stay home
If your child has a fever of 100 or higher, keep him home. Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours (without medication) before sending him back to school.
- Severe cough and cold symptoms -- Children with bad coughs need to stay home, and possibly see a doctor. A bad cough can be a symptom of bronchitis, flu, or pneumonia. Once the child is feeling better, though, send her back to school; don’t wait for the cough to disappear completely, as that could take a week or longer.
- Diarrhea or vomiting -- Keep your child home until the illness is over, and for 24 hours after the last episode.
- Sore throat -- A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever (other symptoms of strep throat in children are headache and stomach upset). Keep your child home from school, and contact a doctor. Your child needs a special test to determine if it is strep throat. If he has strep, he can return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins.
- Conjunctivitis (also called Pink Eye)-- Pink Eye is highly contagious, so keep the child home until a doctor has given permission to return to school.
- Rash -- Children with a skin rash should see a doctor, as this could be one of several infectious diseases.
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