Poisons and children

Poisons and Children

For all medical emergencies dial Triple Zero (000) immediately and ask for Ambulance



Always ensure that poisons are out of the reach of children. All poisons, including prescription drugs and over the counter medications should be kept in secure storage areas.

Taking action if a poisoning occurs

If you suspect a child has consumed a poison, follow these tips:

  • Dial Triple Zero (000) immediately and ask for Ambulance.
  • Identify what was taken and keep a sample including any packaging.
  • Try to find how much was taken and when.
  • Call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26 from anywhere in Australia, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Follow advice given by the Poisons Information Centre.

Safe guarding children

If a child swallows poison they may survive the poisoning, but may suffer permanent damage to their mouth, throat and stomach as a result of burns from the chemicals.

The following tips will help you to safeguard your children:

  • Look at your home from your child’s point of view. Get down on your hands and knees and check out cupboards and drawers.
  • Putting poisons up high isn't enough – they need to be kept behind locked or childproof doors.
  • Ensure all products are stored in original containers and are clearly labelled.
  • Never put poisonous liquids in cordial or other drink bottles
  • Regularly dispose of unused or out-of-date medicines by taking them to the chemist.
  • Don’t refer to any medications as ‘lollies’.

First aid courses

Australia First Aid Services encourages everyone to learn first aid particularly if you are regularly involved in outdoor activities. This can give you the confidence to assist when someone is injured or ill. To enrol in a first aid course contact us on 1300 845 477



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Poison Safety Brochure

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Produced by Kids Health and the NSW Poisons Information Centre

This information is a guide only on the understanding that the Australia First Aid Services shall have no liability arising by reason of any person using or relying on the information and whether caused by reason of any error, negligent act, omission or misrepresentation in the information or otherwise.

For further information or class bookings please contact:

Australia First Aid Services on 1300 845 477

For all medical emergencies dial Triple Zero (000) immediately and ask for Ambulance