3 Durban kids critical after swallowing mystery pills

2016-07-17 11:30

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Durban - Three children from KwaMashu, Durban are in critical condition after they ingested unidentified tablets, Kwazulu-Natal EMS said on Sunday.

One girl and two boys, aged 2, 3 and 5, required advanced life support treatment from paramedics who attended the scene at about 01:00 on Sunday, KZN emergency medical services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said.

The circumstances that led to the children discovering the tablets were unknown. However, they were in incorrectly marked packaging. While the packet suggested the tablets were paracetamol, they were in fact an unknown medication.

McKenzie cautioned parents to lock away medicine from children and always to keep it in its original packaging.

In a previous case, children had swallowed tablets thinking they were sweets and McKenzie called on parents to educate their children that medication was not something to play with.

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