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What are signs of poisoning in a child?

It may be tricky for you to tell when your child has ingested a poisonous substance, especially if your child is not yet speaking. Pay close attention to signs of poisoning. Your child may have ingested a poison if:

  • She can’t follow you with her eyes, or her eyes go around in circles.
  • She is sleepy before it’s nap time or bedtime.
  • She suddenly throws up.
  • She has burns around the lips and mouth.
  • She has stains around the lips and mouth.
  • Her breath suddenly smells foul.

Also, look for signs that your child may have gotten into a poisonous substance, like an open container within her reach, or an opened or spilled bottle of pills.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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