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Under lock and key: secure cleaning products to protect kids

Bright colors and interesting shapes make some cleaners appealing to children. But the contents can be deadly is swallowed.
Bright colors and interesting shapes make some cleaners appealing to children. But the contents can be deadly if swallowed.

A recent study showed the number of injuries young children suffer due to exposure to household cleaning products has been decreased by close to 50 percent in the past two decades. But despite the progress, about 12,000 children under the age of 6 are still sent to U.S. emergency rooms each year because of accidental poisonings caused by cleaners.

While the importance of keeping cleaners out of reach of children may seem like common sense, the sheer number of ED visits related to accidental poisoning proves that more work needs to be done. In response, Lois Lee, MD, MPH, of Children’s Emergency Department Injury Prevention Program shares her thoughts on the topic.

Out of the thousands of parenting buzzword that have come and gone over the years, I’ve always thought ‘toddler’ was the most accurate. At that age kids are just learning how to move independently— from crawling to walking and everything in between— and the result is a blur of explorative energy, ‘toddling’ everywhere their small bodies can take them.

But as their feet bring them to new places, first slowly on wobbly legs and then faster and faster as they master mobility, their hands are constantly exploring the world around them as well.  And unfortunately, for kids that age, what gets in the hands often ends up in the mouth.

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