Household poison


Children are often poisoned by household products.

Poisonous household items most commonly swallowed by children include pain medication containing mostly paracetamol; dishwashing liquid, silica gel sachets and bleach; pesticides such as dog dips, rat and ant poison and mosquito coils; and nail varnish remover.

Here’s what you should lock away.



Red Cross Children’s Hospital Poison Info Centre (021) 689 5227

Tygerberg Poison Info Centre (021) 931 6129

-- Marlies Haupt

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