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Determining a poisonoushazard can be tricky business. Oftentimes, medications intended to help kidsrecover from an illness can prove lethal in a matter of milligrams. Otherpoisonous hazards are commonly known but not carefully monitored. Both oversightscontribute to the 1 in 100 children under age 14 who die each year fromunintentional poisoning.

Perform a householdcheck and consider these Children's Miracle Network Hospitals-approved tips forreducing the most common household poison threats.

An ounce of ‘proof' isworth a pound of prevention: Restricting access to poisonous materials is the first step toreducing risk. Childproof your home once your baby is old enough to crawl,installing cabinet locks, latches and doorknob covers where appropriate. Takethe perspective of your baby and assess every room of your home and assesscupboards and drawers, say experts at TexasChildren's Hospital.

Medication mindfulness: It might be a quick fixto a challenge, but resist the urge to convince children that medication islike candy. Janeway Children'sHealth and Rehabilitation Centre reminds parents to prevent baby andtoddler double-dosing by ensuring that one parent is responsible for doses, orboth commit to logging a daily tracker. Also remind your kids that more dosesdon't lead to quicker recovery. Rosanne Thurman, Director of Pharmacy at Cook Children's Medical Center inFort Worth, Texas, made this mistake as a child and recounts the quick actionthat saved her life.

Look out for lookalikes:Everconsider how a can of powder bleach resembles a can of parmesan cheese? Thesame can be said for muscle pain cream and cake icing, mouse-rat bait andcolorful candy, bird seed and granola, and nicotine gum and chewing gum. Keepthe former hazards out of reach and clearly identified. Teach your kids aboutthe hazard symbol, and place a clear red sticker on hazardous products tofurther prevent ingestion.

Uncommon culprits: Cabinets, drawers andshelves may house the most common poison hazards. But consider cosmetic-ladenpurses and lethal plants when assessing your home's safety. Know the names ofplants, flowers, berries and mushrooms in and around your home. Not sure abouta specific flora? Take a picture and upload it to identification online forumslike DavesGarden.com or GardenWeb.com.

Need poison advice? Call the Poison ControlHelp Number: 800-222-1222. Store it in your cell phone, and make surebabysitters do as well.

To learn more about yourlocal Children's Miracle Network Hospital and ways you can help make kidshealthier, visit CMNHospitals.org

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