Many products that are in our house, bathroom, garage, present a severe threat to the health of people, especially curious children. Of course, before we bring them into our home, we read the warning label. But everyone should know, there are many things we even don’t know they are hazardous and cause poisoning. The severity of danger depends on the amount that was in contact with the person, but also with his age and organism resilience to fight against. Thus, many cosmetics, perfumes, and supplements we keep on our night table or kitchen desk can be harmful, especially for children.
Emergency medical services record the number of calls related to poisoning in the home annually. Poisoning can occur due to contact, ingestion, inhalation or injection of some of the toxic substances. They can be found in:
– cosmetic products for personal hygiene such as shampoos, baths, and body creams;
– detergents for cleaning and bleaching
– chemicals for gardening (nutrition and pesticides, rat poison)
– medicines (drugs, syrups, and supplements)
– chemicals stored in the garage (motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze …)
– swallowing small items (buttons, batteries)
How to identify the poisoning symptoms?
The listed substances are dangerous for the life and health of people in high ranking. Children are, sadly, most sensitive. They can cause mild redness on the skin, cough, itching, but also severe vomiting, fever, seizures, and even death. The first rule of prevention of unwanted contact with dangerous poisons is keeping them far from reach, on high shelves, locked storages, wardrobes.
When it comes to children, the first suspicion of poisoning arises if you notice empty drug bottles or notice that the child was in the vicinity of the detergents without your control for a specific period. Not only in the case of children but also adults, if you notice drug packages, chemical stains, and a strange odor, you need to react. In that case, it is necessary to observe the behavior and reactions in the following period.
In many people, reactions during the poisoning will be similar to some other conditions, such as, for example, drunkenness, certain types of seizures, insulin seizure, and can fool a person who needs to provide the help. It should be emphasized that there are cases when people accidentally or willfully overdose using drugs or alcohol, which equally belongs to the poisoning and require urgent medical assistance.
The first symptoms will appear in the form of redness and burns around the lips, a breath that smells on a specific substance, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, drowsiness. Many types of poisoning will lead to hallucinations and mental state changes. You need to get help as soon as possible.
How to assist a person who is poisoned?
You need urgent medical assistance. As a person who reaches the subject is in a lousy poisoning state first, you need to remain sober and conscious. When calling for help, try to describe as much as you can: the age, weight, history of the disease, the therapy you know the person regularly receives, and everything else you know about. Secondly, it is necessary to give information about the poison that you suspect has caused the condition. If possible, evaluate the amount used by the patient. This will allow him to receive adequate assistance in the shortest possible time.
While waiting for medical staff, you can do a few steps that will improve the state of the poisoned person, maybe even save his life.
– In case of poisoning caused by swallowing, remove all deposits from the mouth
– If there is poisoning on the skin, it is necessary to remove all contaminated clothing and rinse the body with lukewarm water, even stay under the shower until the help comes (the person providing the support must wear gloves)
– The poison in the eye requires urgent washing with cold or lukewarm water and cleaning for about 15 minutes
– If a person has inhaled a toxic substance, take him or her to fresh air
– Upon vomiting, position the person aside to avoid choking
– In the end, if the poisoned person is in a lifeless condition, start with the CPR until the subject gives some signs of life (pulse, move, breath)
It is crucial to make a proper assessment of the risks and dangers that can arise after poisoning with dangerous substances. If you are a person who provides the first aid, you must be stable and aware of every situation. Also, ensure all the essential information necessary for providing medical assistance and treatment. Poisoning in homes is widespread, out of negligence or accidental cases. These kinds of suggestions can save someone’s life.