Home Safety: Prevent Childhood Poisoning

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More than half the calls received by most poison centers across the country involve children under the age of six. Usually these poisonings result in mild or no symptoms, but there is potential for severe injury or even death.

Most often, children are poisoned in their own homes. The top four reported reasons why children accidentally poison themselves are:

  1. Poisons are not stored properly. Commonly used products left in the open where they can be seen are the No. 1 reason children get poisoned. Recently used medication bottles left on the counter or table, purses or diaper bags sitting on the floor, opened cleaning products left unattended for “just one second,” can all lead to poisonings.
  2. Children are curious. Children are naturally curious about the taste, smell and texture of products. By swallowing, smelling or spraying a product children learn more about it. It’s how they learn about their world. Brightly colored liquids, spray containers, pills, leafy or flowering plants attract children.
  3. Children think a poison is something other than a poison. Because they look similar, children can think fuels, cough syrup, and shampoo are actually safe to drink, like fruit juice or soft drinks.  Medicine tablets look and taste like candy. Antifreeze tastes sweet. Red mouthwash looks like fruit juice.
  4. Lastly, children imitate the behavior of adults. They copy what their parents or grandparents do, such as taking medication, or drinking colored liquids. Children will check out house cleaning products, spray chemicals, fertilizers, anything that is within their reach.  Parents need to be aware and take good care to keep these items in a safe place. Teach children that poisons can look and smell like something good (and safe), but in reality can be extremely harmful.  Hopefully, by better understanding why childhood poisonings occur, they can be prevented. Adults need to decide what safety measures can be incorporated at home, in hopes of providing a safer environment for kids.

Minnesota Poison Control

Vitamin C: The Benefits

How Does Vitamin C Help You?Vitamin C | Oranges

It’s well known that Vitamin C helps fight the common cold and helps keep your immune system up, but there are other great benefits that it can help your body with. Vitamin C can help lower blood pressure, blood vessel dilation, lowers blood lead levels, & eye functionality.

Lower Blood Pressure: With lower blood pressure you reduce the probability of hypertension, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, heart attack, or even a stroke.


Blood Vessel Dilation: Properly dilated blood vessels an help prevent  diseases like atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, angina pectoris (inadequate supply of blood to the heart), and stroke.

Lead Levels: A low level of lead exposure to adults isn’t dangerous, but in infants and developing children a small amount can be extremely harmful. Some possible complications include behavior or attention problems, hearing problems, kidney damage, and slowed body growth. Seizures, coma, and death can happen at higher levels of exposure.

Eye functionality: Without vitamin C your chances of forming cataracts and vision loss from macular degeneration greatly increase. Some studies show that long-term consumption and a higher intake of vitamin C may reduce and fight these diseases.

Information gathered from: Healthdiaries.com





Vitamin C: A Must Have

 Cold & Flu Season, Time To Boost Your  Immune System

Cold and flu season are in full swing. Although it is unclear exactly how beneficial it is to ward off nasty viruses, vitamin C-rich orange juice is a great start in keeping you healthy.  It’s not hard to reach your daily quota in terms of vitamin C requirements as long as you eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. So what’s the best source of vitamin C?  From highest to lowest they are as follows:

Vitamin C| Fruit

          Red bell peppers


          Kiwi frui


There may be other latent benefits to getting a good daily dose of vitamin C – however the scientific research is ongoing. Concurrent vitamin C may aid in the absorption of iron dietary. There is evidence that it may reduce the risk of cartilage loss and disease progression such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It has been suggested that low levels of vitamin C may increase the risk of developing asthma.

It seems the most popular belief is that vitamin C prevents the onset of the common cold, or that it actually shortens the duration of a cold. So far, significant benefits have not been observed. However, in subsets of studies of people living in extreme climates or under extraordinary conditions, studies show vitamin C may reduce their risk of developing colds by approximately 50%.  Personally, I think it’s worth a try!

Excerpts taken from mayoclinic.com/health/vitamins 

Winter Sports Safety

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Sunday, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) –The outdoor winter sports season is in full swing, which means it’s a good time to remind people about winter sports safety. As with all sports, there are numerous things to consider before getting in the game. Winter sports are no different.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers the following general winter sports safety advice:

  • Check the weather before heading outdoors. Pay attention to warnings abut storms and severe drops in temperature. Make adjustments for icy conditions, deep or wet snow, and      bad weather.
  • Dress properly.  Wear several layers of light, loose clothing that’s both water-and wind-resistant to stay safe, warm and dry. Wear appropriate safety gear … such as goggles and helmets…and ensure that all equipment is in proper working order.
  • Don’t go out alone. You should always be with a partner and remain in sight of each other. Make sure that someone else knows about your plans and whereabouts during your outdoor activity. It’s also a good idea to carry a cell phone with you.
  • Warm up thoroughly before your activity in order to prevent muscle, tendon and ligament injuries.
  • Drink lots of water before, during and after outdoor activities.
  • Stay in shape and condition your muscles before the season begins. If you are over age 50, consider having a medical check-up before you start participating in a winter sport.
  • Know and obey all the rules of your sport. Take a lesson from a qualified instructor, particularly in sports such as skiing and snowboarding.
  • If you’re in pain or feeling tired, call it a day.
  • Seek shelter and medical attention if signs of hypothermia or frostbite affect you or a companion.  Early symptoms of frostbite include numbness and tingling, lack of feeling and poor motion in your fingers or toes.