By Jeffrey Snedeker, MD
A momentary distraction from watching a child is all it takes for a youngster to become a victim of an accidental poisoning.
Data from the U.S. Poison Control Centers show youngsters six-years-old and younger account for just under half of all accidental poisoning each year. Toddlers that are age three and younger have the highest risk for poisoning of all children. Cosmetics, cleaning materials, pain medications and personal care products lead the list of the most common substances involved in pediatric accidental poisoning.