Homeopathic Teething Products
The FDA is advising parents not to give homeopathic teething tablets and gels to infants or children. These products have not been evaluated for safety or quality and may pose a risk to children.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child's teething products or anything else he or she may have gotten into, please call 1-800-222-1222 immediately. We have certified Registered Nurses (RNs) who are Specialists in Poison Information (SPIs) on hand 24/7 to advise you what to do if you think your child may have gotten into a dangerous substance.
Marijuana substitutes harming teens
Teens and young adults are landing in emergency rooms across the U.S. and in Virginia after using synthetic marijuana products made of psychoactive chemicals sprayed onto plant material then smoked or ingested to achieve a high.
They are sold in retail outlets as herbal products with names such as “spice,” “K2,” “black mamba” or “crazy clown.” Toxic effects include agitation, tachycardia, drowsiness or lethargy, vomiting, confusion and convulsions.
E-cigarette liquid poisoning children
Child poisonings from liquid nicotine products are on the rise as e-cigarettes gain popularity. Liquid nicotine is sold in a highly concentrated form, such as 500 milligrams in a 15 milliliter dropper bottle, which is enough to harm or kill toddlers.
The danger is magnified by the liquid coming in brightly colored bottles with candy flavoring and lack of child-resistant packaging. U.S. poison centers support legislation to require child-resistant packaging of these products.
Poisoning fatalities on the rise
Toxicity from the overuse and misuse of prescription drugs, particularly narcotic analgesics, has become a public health crisis in the U.S. In recent years, poisoning has become the leading cause of death due to injury, exceeding the number of deaths resulting from motor vehicle accidents.
All medications, especially prescription pain killers, should be taken only as prescribed and frequently monitored for potentially harmful drug interactions.