Call 1-800-222-1222 in case of a poisoning. Do not wait for a child to look or feel sick.
Keeping children safe is the most important part of babysitting, and poisoning is one of the most common childhood injuries. Over half of calls to poison centers involve children under the age of six. As a babysitter, you need to know what poisons are and how to keep children away from them.
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Many everyday household products are poisonous. When you babysit, make sure these items are locked up and out of children's reach:
Five tips you need to know:
Have the Information You Need
Before you are left in charge of a child, make sure the parents write down:
What to Do if You Think a Child Has Been Poisoned
Call NC Poison Control immediately at 1-800-222-1222. Make sure you know the Poison Center's telephone number. Keep a card or sticker with our telephone number, and carry it with you when you babysit. We're available 24/7! Call toll free, 1-800-222-1222.
Source: The University of Kansas Hospital. http://www.kumed.com.