2016 Top Ten

In 2016, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) managed 62,498 calls, over 171 calls per day. There were 55,224 human poison exposures, with children six and younger accounting for almost 51% of all poison exposure cases.  Human exposures with more serious outcomes (moderate, major, or death) accounted for 6.17 % of all exposures.   There were over 7274 information calls. Over 80 % of poisonings were unintentional; 15 %
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E-Cigarette devices

Washington Poison Center Toxicologists Speak to King 5

This week my friends in the call room had a very special visitor.  Teresa Yuan, KING 5 News, came by to talk with Dr. Alexander Garrard and Dr. Matt Valento regarding our most recent Toxic Trends Reports and the alarming increase in pediatric E-cigarette and marijuana exposures.  If you missed it on the air, you can see the full video report and article on KING 5’s website: Tracking Spike in Minors Exposed to M
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Laundry Packet Hazards. Are your children safe?

Poison centers receive many calls each year about children getting into laundry detergents. Swallowing these products often causes mild stomach upset, if there are any symptoms at all. The new highly concentrated single-load liquid laundry detergent packets seem to be different. Single-load liquid laundry packets have become widely available over the past couple of years. Busy parents have found these packets to be a
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Mr. Yuk Goes to School!

As your child goes through life, Mr. Yuk should always be included, whether just learning to walk and talk, going to pre-school, or starting K-12!  When you fill those backpacks with colored markers, scissors, plastic rulers and spiral bound notebooks make sure you include Mr. Yuk too!  Add a free pencil with our 800-222-1222 number on it to your child’s school supplies. Encourage your child’s teacher or school nurse
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More babies are born in August than any other month!

More babies are born in August than any other month. So, if you are expecting, or have an new baby in the family, now is the perfect time to think about taking steps to make your home poison safe. Babies explore the world by putting things in their mouth and they learn new skills every day.  At 2 months old baby can bring his hands to his mouth. By 4 months she uses her hands and eyes together—she sees a toy, or a br
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Because sometimes you just have a question!

Not all calls to the poison center are made after there has been a poisoning. Almost 16% of the calls we receive from homes are for information, before something happens. The top 15 reasons parents call. To get a dose for a medication, “How much ibuprofen do I give my 3 mo. old?”              General poison toxicity, “How can baby powder be poisonous for my baby?”   Other general medication in
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Teaching Kids the Basics

Kids always seem to be into stuff they aren’t supposed to be. Maybe that’s why so many parents have poison control on speed dial! I believe, it is never too early to teach your kids “Mr. Yuk means no!” Teaching your kids about poison and putting Mr. Yuk stickers on potentially harmful products tells a child not touch, taste or smell it—that it could hurt them, and to get an adult for help. If they see another child p
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There are no balloons in Up and Away

“Up and Away” means keeping your medications up and away, and out of sight, from children.  My friends in the call room tell me that often the reason a parent is calling is because they got distracted and left a medicine they were using down and in reach of a child. Here’s the scenario: Johnny and Jenny both have been running a fever for a few days.  Everyone in the house is sleep deprived and going to bed early. It’
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“Share Your Place”

June is National Safety Month, a time to educate everyone about the leading causes of preventable injuries.  As a poison center, we are especially interested in anything that will prevent a poisoning as this is the leading cause of unintentional accidental deaths in Washington State. One of the programs  we recognize and encourage is Up and Away and Out of Sight, which provides tools to remind everyone of the importa
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Father’s Day

Sunday, June 16th, is Father’s Day.  Bet you didn’t think a big green guy would know anything about the one day each year when dads all over the country are bombarded with handmade art, edible goodies, gadgets, trinkets and lots of hugs and kisses!  My friends in the call room have kept me up to date on all the latest munchkin misadventures and I know that some of the most popular gifts are potential problems.  They
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bug looking

Summer’s Unwanted Guests!

I think summer is finally here! The trees are showing off their leaves, flowers are blooming, and the bugs are enjoying themselves. They are the unwanted guests- showing up at picnics and the beach, camping trips and hikes, or even if you’re just hanging out at home. For many of us, a bite or sting will only have a mild reaction, however there are those whose reaction will be far more severe and require emergency tre
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Toddlers Taste-Testing the World (Not everything green is good for you!)

Don’t you just love spring?  Trees and bushes showing off their leaves and colors!  It’s the time of year to peel off one or two of those winter layers and spend time outside.  But, watch those toddlers! “What are you eating?” “What’s that in your mouth?”  Questions most toddlers hear at least once a day and the answer is either “nothing…” or an open mouth with un-identifiable contents! When this happens and you susp
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Let me count the times…I should have called the Poison Center…just today

What, you’ve think you’ve never had a reason to call the Poison Center? I don’t think so!  Exposures to poisons happen all the time; they are a part of everyday living. You just didn’t know to call the Poison Center. If you are lucky, you can get away with this, but there are times when you really need to call. Can you spot the exposures to poisons my friends at the Poison Center worry about? 6 am- Alarm goes off, yo
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Will I Still Give My Grandkids Apple Juice?

There has been a lot of controversy lately about the safety of apple juice.  Specifically about contamination with arsenic, and predisposing children to ill health effects, like diabetes.  Here are a few bullet points I think are important to note: Arsenic is always in the environment and everyone has been exposed to it, however most arsenic exposures are to non toxic forms of arsenic.  Serious arsenic poisoning is r
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