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Child poisoning prevention

Child poisoning prevention

Introduction

Why focus on child poisoning? No young child has died from poisoning in recent years. Poisoning, however, is the second leading cause of injury hospital admissions for those aged 0-4 years (688 admissions in 2010/11). As stated in Lesson 1, Introduction to Child Injury Prevention, these admissions are just the tip of the iceberg as most of these children are only seen in the emergency room or at a clinic, and are not admitted to hospital.

Childhood poisoning is preventable.

Primary messages

The images and messages depicted are the most common ways that children 0-6 are injured from poisoning. Visit the Images section for each topic to view and download the images with their corresponding messages.

How to use the images?

These images can be useful in starting discussion about what caregivers know about how to prevent injury and to problem-solve around the barriers they encounter in keeping their children safe.  The images can also be integrated into other resources that you create, such as posters, calendars, displays, etc.

Program examples and evaluation tool

These poisoning examples are based on best practice and share activities that groups have done or could undertake.

The following documents are available for download:

Supplementary messages and resources

For additional messaging and information visit the Poison Prevention section of the Parachute website.

Interactive resources

For ideas on how to develop “look alike” poison displays, check out these websites:

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Endnotes

Public Health Agency of Canada analysis of 2009 mortality data from Statistics Canada and 2010/11 hospitalization data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information. (This is the most recent data available.)