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Beware of these common household items that could poison your child - Steve Farzam

Beware of These Common Household Items That Could Poison Your Child

In the United States, there are two children that die and more than 300 children under the age of 19 that are treated in emergency rooms everyday due to unintentional poisoning. While many of the chemicals used in the home are labeled with clear warning labels, there are everyday household items without labels that can pose a serious hazard to children as well. Beware of these common household items and ensure they are secure in your home.

Cosmetics and Personal Care

According to a 2016 report from the National Capital Poison Center, cosmetics and personal care products are the number one culprits of unintentional poisoning of children. Keep your makeup, skin-care and hair-care products, nail polish remover, and other toiletries in a cabinet or drawer where your child can’t reach them. Take extra precaution and add child locks to any cabinets they may be able to access.


All medication and pharmaceuticals, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements should be stored in their original container, out of reach of your child. Again, take extra precaution and add child locks to any cabinets they may be able to access. There is no such thing as a 100% child-proof lock or container, so be sure to keep these out of reach and dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired medication safely. You can do this by mixing them with coffee ground or kitty litter or turn them in at a local take-back program.

Household Cleaners

Bleach and drain cleaner are two of the most common household cleaners that can be fatal to children should they gain access to them. All household cleaners, including laundry and dishwasher detergent, should be stored in a cabinet with a lock or on a high shelf. While it might be more convenient to keep these close to or under the sink, these products contain an abundance of chemicals that can easily poison your child should they come across it. Also, keep them in their original containers, which often contain a childproof closure.

Topical Preparations

Items such as diaper rash creams, lotions, acne medications, camphor-based ointments like calamine – all of these products are poisonous if they are ingested. After every use of these items, ensure you are storing them where they cannot be reached by your child. Additionally, after every diaper change, put your diaper changing products out of your child’s reach.

Toys and Small Items

Toys with batteries, silica gel packets found inside shoe boxes, holiday decorations, coins, bubbles, and arts and crafts are just a selection of items that can be poisonous to your child. Supervise them when they are using arts and craft supplies and keep away batteries and small magnets.

Heart Attacks: Risk Factors, Warning Signs, and How to React

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. That’s more than 2,000 heart attacks per day. Also known as a myocardial infarction, occurs when blood is prevented from reaching the heart. This is the result of plaque buildup in the arteries from fats, cholesterol, and other harmful substances. As blood flow is inhibited, the heart can become damaged, or portions of it may be destroyed.

Controlling Risk Factors

There are many risk factors that can contribute to the likelihood of having a heart attack, some of which are beyond anyone’s control. For example, men over 45 and women who are 55 or older are far more likely to experience a heart attack. Additionally, family history and genetics can play a part.

Yet there are many factors that you can control and, through lifestyle changes, you can reduce the danger to your heart and your life. As high cholesterol contributes to the risk of heart attacks, eating a healthier diet can help. You may also need medication from a doctor to get your cholesterol under control. Quitting smoking and stopping recreational drug use can also have a big impact on your risks of having a heart attack.

Furthermore, talk to your doctor about starting a new exercise program. Regular physical activity can promote better heart health.

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

While the signs and symptoms of a heart attack vary, these are the most common indications that you’re experiencing a heart attack:

  • Ache, pressure, tightness, or squeezing sensation in the chest or arms, which may spread to the jaw, neck, or back
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Cold sweats
  • Dizziness

What to Do in the Event of a Heart Attack

If you recognize these symptoms, act quickly and call 9-1-1 for medical assistance. Many heart attacks prove fatal simply because people ignore these early warning signs. By the time they do seek help, it’s too late. If you’re unable to call for help for any reason, ask someone else to call for emergency services.

When you do see a doctor, they may prescribe nitroglycerin, either temporarily or as a long-term treatment. Similarly, your doctor may advise you to take chewable aspirin to help reduce the symptoms of a heart attack. In any case, you should avoid taking any medication, unless instructed to do so by your doctor.

A heart attack is a serious condition, even though the symptoms may not seem alarming at first. By changing your lifestyle and following your doctor’s instructions, you can reduce the likelihood of having a heart attack. Follow healthy heart advice, especially if you’ve already had one heart attack.