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4} See if he is breathing: Tip the infant’s head back and give two breaths, watching to see if the chest rises. If he isn’t breathing, repeat from step 3 until the object is expelled or help arrives.
Every year, more than 1 million children under the age of 5 are unintentionally poisoned. More often than not, whatever these children ate or drank, they found at home. “Alcohol, plants, bleach, furniture polish, paint — all can kill a child quickly and need to be kept out of reach,” Larmon says.
Look for: Empty or spilled pill bottles, signs of vomiting and burning around the mouth, the odor of chemicals.
What to do
1} Call poison control immediately. To find your local poison control center, look in the white pages of your phone book under “poison” or call 911 and ask the operator to connect you.
2} Do not induce vomiting or try to dilute the substance by giving your child milk or water to drink unless told to do so by medical personnel.
Any deep wound can be complicated by bleeding and the possibility of damage to nerves and tendons.
Look for: What caused the wound? “If it’s the result of a fall, it may not be merely the scrape it seems to be,” Larmon says. “If your child fell down the stairs but all you see is a scrape or bruise, call 911 or her physician anyway, since she could suffer internal bleeding or a head injury.”