While the risk of poisoning decreases as children get older, parents of school-aged children should still be mindful of potential poisons. Most poisonings are preventable!
As children get older, they become more independent. They feel they can do more on their own, which can lead to medicine mishaps.
As children get older, there is less adult supervision. This leaves time for the children to experiment with medicines and household products.
Children this age are ready to grab the bull by the horns. Their enhanced sense of independence enables them to do many more things, but they are often unable to fully understand cause and effect, or to determine the amount of risk they face.
Most children are faced with a dare from a friend or classmate at some time or another. Many dares are harmless; others can have severe consequences. Poison centers can help determine which are which.
Studies show that children are experimenting with drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and household products at increasingly younger ages. The types of substances are also changing over time; for example, vaping has rapidly become a popular activity among children and teens, and the presence of these products in more homes may also pose additional risks to young children.