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Does methanol poisoning affect children differently than adults?

The amount of methanol that can be lethal in a child is just two tablespoons, while an adult requires over two ounces for the dose to be deadly. Keeping chemicals like paint thinner, varnish, shellac, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid properly stored and away from children is essential to prevent accidental poisoning. Children may be more sensitive to the toxic effects of methanol. They also may be more likely to suffer from low blood sugar if treated with ethanol, an antidote to methanol.

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