Household cleaners pose risk to kids

The cleaning agents are used in every household with the notion that it keeps the house clean and thereby protects family and kids from the germs and dusts. If you fall in the same line of thought, you might not completely right. A study released on Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, claims that household cleaning agents are toxic and can pose risks to kids. In past cleaning agents have also been linked with Asthma.

The news might give some stress to you, but here is a good news – children ages 5 and younger who admitted in emergency rooms because of injuries caused by household cleaning products dropped by 46% from 1990 to 2006. However, still more than 10,000 children per year are being injured by bleach, detergent, and other cleaners.

About the study
The study is based on a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission database on consumer product-related injuries. The study examined the data of household cleaning product-related injuries among children who were admitted in U.S. emergency rooms between 1990 and 2006.  The report, which was conducted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, estimates that between 1990 and 2006:

  • 72% of cases involved children one to three years of age
  • One-year-olds, alone, made up 45.9% of cases and had the highest injury rate
  • Boys accounted for 58.8% of all cases.
  • More than half of the injuries were from kids eating or drinking the toxic products
  • Bleach has been found the no. 1 culprit causing 37% of chemical injuries
  • Spray bottles related injurious bottles rose from 30.3 percent in 1990 to 40.8 percent in 2006.

 Major reasons for the injuries
One reason is that spray bottles don’t feature the same degree of child resistant mechanisms that other types of bottles and containers do

  • Children can spray chemicals in the face or they can also unscrew the cap and drink out of it
  • It’s dangerous for parents to store cleaners...

    in food or drink containers, which can confuse children. Jolliff, associate medical director for the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has had patients in the intensive-care unit who have gulped chemicals stored in sports drink bottles

Health experts advise
Health experts give advice to parents to make sure that cleaning products should not harm children.

  • Always store cleaning products in a place like locked cabinet where children can’t see or touch them.
  • Be aware that spray bottles pose a particular hazard, especially when chemicals are sprayed on a child’s face or eyes. If you think your child may have been exposed to a dangerous chemical, call the National Poison Center hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
  • Buy products with child-resistant packaging, and don’t put cleaning products along with food products.

The study is set to appear in the September issue of Pediatrics and is currently available online.

It is one of the most comprehensive studies on this issue, and it proves that cleaning products continue to pose risks for kids in spite of efforts to design products with child lock packaging in the market. Parents should store such cleaning agents out of reach of children, if possible in locked cabinets to prevent their kids in landing the emergency room, needlessly. I think, with some precautions, parents can easily control some of these incidences.

Healthy Parenting!

Source: wallstreetjournal


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