A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics gives us some bad news on home safety; especially if you are a parent of a wiggly, curious, sneaky, fast toddler.
After an extensive study of emergency room visits by children with illnesses and injuries due to household cleaning products from 1990 until 2006, some scary statistics were published. In spite of major childproofing advances, toddlers are still winding up in the hospital due to ingesting these necessary evils in our kitchen cabinets. In fact, 72 percent of injuries and illnesses due to ingesting household cleaners happens to toddlers aged 1 to 3.
Even as numbers decline in general, due to awareness and childproof packaging, one product has seen a dramatic increase in injuries.
The spray bottle was the most common container in cleaning-product injuries, increasing 30 to 40 percent from 1990 to 2006.
"The problem with a spray bottle is that the child can spray it in the face or they can also unscrew the cap and drink out of it," said Heath Jolliff, associate medical director for the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
The accessible, colorful packaging is also a culprit in luring the littlest ones to the toxic products. I know my son always wants to grab my spray bottle that has flowers on it when I'm cleaning up after dinner. Additionally, some people store their cleaning products in sports drink bottles or other bottles that look like beverages.
You should always keep the cleaning product in its original packaging and always dispose of leftovers.
Additionally, bleach wipes and sponges that contain toilet bowl cleaner are often seen as not as threatening, and parents store them within reach of the child. I know I have some toilet bowl cleaning sponges on the floor in my bathroom right now. Which is the problem.
The study found most parents do not follow the guidelines for household cleaning storage. If you're going to have cleaners under the kitchen or bathroom sink, you'd better have a lock on those cabinets at all times.
Do you do any of these things on the "no" list?
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