As we celebrate the holidays the Nebraska Regional Poison Center reminds all Nebraskans safety first. Educator and RN Joan McVoy says the number of poisoning incidents involving children increases during the holiday season. She says over 50% of the calls they receive involve medications.
McVoy says visiting friends and relatives may spend the night and it is important if they bring medications they are out of sight and reach of small hands. They may also pose as a temptation to teenagers.
McVoy says as gifts arrive make sure to watch out for those that may contain a small disc battery. They typically come in musical greeting cards, games, watches and remotes. She says if swallowed they can become lodged and cause serious injury or death if not removed.
Prevention is the best treatment for poisonings but if you have any questions or concerns make sure to keep the Poison Center’s number handy – 1-800-222-1222. McVoy says nurses staff the line 24/7, including Christmas Eve and Christmas day.