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Children are often burned by hot liquids and appliances in the home and sunburn, but scalding burns are the most common burn occurring in young children. These burns usually occur when a baby or a toddler knocks over a cup of tea or coffee or reaches the handle of a pot on the stove and pulls it over on themselves.
Most poisonings are preventable and you should make every effort to poision proof your home. If you suspect your child has swallowed or eaten something poisonous, remove it from them immediately and do the following:
Immediately call the Poisons Information Centre on 0800 POISON (0800 764 766) or your doctor.
If you can quickly find the poison container, or plant, take it with you to the phone. The Poisons Information Centre or your doctor need to know what has been swallowed and how much. They will give you information as to the first aid treatment and tell you whether you should take your child to the doctor or hospital.
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