Poison Control

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So, it has happened to all of us, I’m sure. If it hasn’t happened to you, well, kudos to you! Haha. But your kid eats something they shouldn’t and you aren’t sure whether or not it is dangerous to them. What can you do? Well, I do sometimes see people asking on Facebook groups, but as much as I love my Facebook groups, they are not always an accurate supplier of information. Shocker, right? I hope this was already obvious to you!

But there is one place that will give you reliable information: Poison Control.

The Quick Guide to Poison Control

Now, sometimes people are hesitant to call Poison Control. I’m not 100 percent sure why, but I think it has to do with fear of being judged. (“My child ate sunscreen, they are going to think I am a horrible parent!”) Or fear that CPS will be called on them. (This is sad that we live in a day and age where we worry that every parenting decision or mishap will wind up with CPS at our door.)

But in my experience with Poison Control, they are a great resource. They are always calm, caring, and compassionate. I have never felt judged by them. They take the time to tell you if you need to worry about it and what you need to do. They tell you all the things to watch for that indicate that there would be a further problem developing. Sometimes, they will even make a follow-up call at a later time to make sure that your child is still okay. This happened with Allen once, when I called immediately about something he ate and they were like well, because he just ate it, problems could still happen, so watch for these things to develop and call us back if they do and we’ll also check back on you in an hour to see how he’s doing, because if you make it past that hour he’s probably fine. They are such a great resource for you as a parent, especially because of their calm demeanor.

We have a magnet on our fridge with the number and I have it programmed into my phone as well. If you have a cell phone, I do highly recommend programming it into your phone so that you’re not spending time trying to look it up if you need it. In America, the number is 1-800-222-1222. Calling that number from anywhere in the US will connect you with your local poison control center 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In Canada, there are several numbers depending on where you live, so I recommend that you look up the number for your province or territory.

I hope you’ve never had to call Poison Control, but if you have, how was your experience? Did you find them as helpful as I have found them to be? 

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this post is not intended to be medical advice. If you have further questions about your child’s health, I suggest you speak with your pediatrician or another qualified medical professional. 

This post is linked up to Monday Madness at How to Get Organized at Home

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