Rushville Republican

Health

June 11, 2013

Travel and Poison – What’s the connection?

RUSHVILLE — Summer is vacation time and school is out, bringing changes to daily household routines. Although you may take great pains to make your home a safe place for your child, the Indiana Poison Center would like to remind you that during vacation time the risk of poisoning increases. According to Dr. James Mowry, Director of the Indiana Poison Center, “Vacations are a time to relax but parents need to remember that an unsupervised child is more at risk for poisoning and other injuries”. This applies not only when a child is traveling with his or her family but also when guests visit the child’s home. Medications that are usually locked away at home may be more accessible while traveling in a vehicle or staying in a hotel room. Visitors to your home may not be used to having young children around and may leave dangerous items in suitcases and other places within easy reach of children.

The Indiana Poison Center offers the following tips for a poison-safe summer:

At home:

Give guests a safe place such as a cabinet that locks or a tackle box with a padlock to store medicine and other potentially dangerous items during their visit. Remind them not to leave these items in suitcases and handbags where children can easily find them. Be especially vigilant about daily pill containers. These containers are rarely child-resistant and pose a particular risk to young children since they give access to multiple medications at one time.

Remind visitors that children love to imitate adults. Ask them to take their medication where children can’t watch.

Be sure that one person is responsible for watching each child. It’s easy for children to find medicines and poisons if everyone thinks someone else is paying attention.

On the road:

Keep medicines locked up in a suitcase or other container. A tackle box with a padlock works especially well for road trips.

Remember to remove potential poisons from handbags and diaper bags and keep them out of reach of children. Items such as medications, sunscreen and baby powder could become a problem if eaten by a curious child.

Take the poison center phone number with you. Call 1-800-222-1222 from any place in the United States to reach the local poison center, 24 hours a day.

Away from home:

Poison-proof any place where you stay. Lock medicines and household products away from children. Use child-resistant packaging on medicines and household products, keeping in mind that these containers are not childproof.

Remind others to lock medicines and household products away from children and to return these items to safe storage immediately after use.

Remember to keep house and garden plants, ashtrays and alcoholic beverages out of reach of young children.

Check for other safety features such as outlet covers, gates at the tops and bottom of stairs, window blind cords, etc.

Text Only
Health
  • MHS First Year Program guides parents INDIANAPOLIS (July 21, 2014/Coles Marketing Communications) – Managed Health Services’ (MHS) First Year of Life Program is offering parents guidance through all the medical milestones needed to keep their babies healthy and thriving.The First Year of

    July 22, 2014

  • hea-rv071814-magic show Youth Volunteer of the Year made for a Magical Night The Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Seed Circle recently held a Family Fun Night featuring magician Rusty Ammerman. He held the audience captive as he performed magic trick after trick. His comedy, timing, audience participation and incredible ma

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Schoolhouse Partners publishes directory of biomedical and health care grants WEST LAFAYETTE — Officials in the biomedical and health care sectors can use a newly published directory from a Purdue Research Park affiliate to find grant opportunities and funding for research, faculty development, internships, assistantships, sch

    July 22, 2014

  • Tips for choosing a doctor A referral from another physician or family and friends is a first step in choosing a doctor, but specialists advise doing some research to finalize your choice.Some tips:• The insured typically look in-network. Some insurers are starting to score th

    July 22, 2014

  • Smoking Philippine leader OKs cigarette warnings MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, a known smoker, has signed a law requiring tobacco companies to put graphic health warnings on cigarette packs in a country where tens of thousands of people die every year from toba

    July 22, 2014

  • hea-rv071514-mental health pic Broken mental health system taxes Howard County jail Editor's note: People suffering from mental illness commit fewer than 4 percent of all violent crimes. But state cuts in mental health funding have limited opportunities for treatment before some people wind up on the wrong side of the law. Today, th

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • THINKING ABOUT HEALTH Quiz of the day: Will next year's insurance rates go up or down? It’s now the silly season for insurance rates with government agencies, consulting groups, and the media all speculating about next year’s premiums. Will your insurance premiums go up or down this fall? Never before have I seen such intense interest

    July 15, 2014

  • hea rv 070814 Seed Circle Logo RMHF Seed Circle brings the magic The Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Seed Circle has been in existence just shy of two years. Ladies from all backgrounds, ages, and interests have come together to learn about Rush Memorial Hospital and the RMH Foundation. The group meets every o

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indiana hospitals applaud submission of HIP 2.0 plan for federal approval INDIANAPOLIS – When it comes to access to quality health care, no Hoosier deserves to fall through gaps in the state’s coverage system. This is why the Indiana Hospital Association urges the federal CMS agency to quickly approve the new HIP 2.0 Healt

    July 8, 2014

  • Purdue-designed tool helps guide brain cancer surgery WEST LAFAYETTE — A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital study.The Purdue-designed tool sprays a microscopic

    July 8, 2014