A reaction to a poisonous substance that has been swallowed or come into contact with the skin.


  • Unusual behaviour like slurred speech, inappropriate giggling, staggering or drowsiness.
  • You may also know your child is poisoned by finding her near chemical containers or medicines or pills, or she may have pieces of broken plants in her hands or near her mouth.
  • It is very important to try and establish as quickly as possible what your child may have ingested.
  • Look for evidence.


  • You must call an ambulance or take your child to hospital. 
  • You can call a poison info centre (0861 555 777 - 24 hours) for advice while you wait, if you know what your child has swallowed.


  • Don't make your child vomit as some poisons cause more harm on the way out. 
  • Don't give your child anything to drink as this may disperse the poison more quickly around the body. 
  • If your child's lips and mouth are burnt, soothe them by moistening them with milk or water, but don't let your child drink anything. 

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