Resources for New Moms

Prevent Poisonings

Poison Control Center 

If you suspect your child has been poisoned, take the product to the phone and call 1-800-222-1222. If your child has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911. 

Poison control centers offer fast, free, confidential help in English and Spanish. Most poisonings are resolved over the phone. The number works from anywhere in the United States 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Household poison prevention tips: 

  • Store potentially poisonous household products and medications locked out of your child’s sight and reach. 
  • Laundry and dishwasher pods that are brightly colored can look like candy to a baby. Keep these and all other cleaning products out of baby’s reach. 
  • Read labels to find out what is poisonous. Unsafe household products include toilet cleaners, bleach, oven cleaners, and dishwasher products. Other potential hazards include medicines, makeup, makeup remover, plants, toys, pesticides, art supplies, and alcohol. 
  • Never leave poisonous products unattended while in use. Many incidents happen when adults are distracted for a moment on the phone or at the door. 
  • Be aware of poisons that may be in your handbag. Store handbags out of the reach of young children. 
  • Do not mix cleaning products. 
  • Buy child-resistant packages when available. 
  • Keep products in their original packages to avoid confusion. 
  • Use child safety locks on cabinets where you have stored poisonous items. 
  • Learn the toll-free nationwide poison control center number (1-800-222-1222) or keep it near every phone. 
  • Do not make the child vomit or give them anything unless directed. 
  • Keep medications out of your child’s sight and reach and be safe when administering medicines to your children.