Young babies will put almost anything in their mouths and, unfortunately, this activity can have some very serious consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 71,000 children are brought to emergency rooms each year because of medication poisoning, often the result of an unsupervised child getting into medications. In addition to keeping medications, cleaners and other poisonous substances behind locked cabinets, the authors of “What to Expect the First Year” recommend ensuring that dangerous products come in child-resistant packaging and avoiding brightly colored cleaning supplies that might attract a small child. Also, make sure to dispose of old medications and hazardous chemicals in a trash can with a tight lid, rather than a kitchen or bathroom wastebasket.
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