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National Poison Prevention Week: Prevention and Treatment Tips

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Most poisonings in kids occur when parents are not paying close attention. How can you keep your child safe?
Air Date: 3/5/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
National Poison Prevention Week: Prevention and Treatment Tips
Each year, approximately 2.4 million people – more than half under the age of six – swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance.

Most poisonings occur when parents or caregivers are home but not paying attention. While you are busy cleaning, making dinner or helping other children with homework, your child may be exploring closets or under bathroom sinks where dangerous household items are often stored.

The most dangerous potential poisons are medicines, cleaning products, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, pesticides, furniture polish, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil.

It's important to be especially vigilant when there is a change in routine. For instance, holidays, visits to and from grandparents' homes, and other special events may bring greater risk of poisoning if the usual safeguards are defeated or not in place.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some important tips to prevent and to treat exposures to poison.
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