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Nearly 300 Calls To Poison Helpline Over Children Drinking Hand Sanitiser

There were nearly 300 calls to the National Poisons Information Centre last year relating to childre...
Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

7:40 AM - 21 May 2021



Nearly 300 Calls To Poison Hel...

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Nearly 300 Calls To Poison Helpline Over Children Drinking Hand Sanitiser

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

7:40 AM - 21 May 2021



There were nearly 300 calls to the National Poisons Information Centre last year relating to children who'd drank hand-sanitiser.

Hundreds of calls were also received after kids drank alcohol products and bleach.

The National Poisons Information Centre received almost 11,400 calls last year, relating to human cases.

According to freedom of information figures, almost half relating to children under the age of four.

Paracetamol was the common household product consumed by children - with just over 1,000 calls by the public or healthcare professionals.

Hand sanitiser has become an essential item over the past year, due to the pandemic.

And in 2020, the centre got 296 calls after children drank the product.

Dr Paddy Fitzpatrick is a consultant in paediatric emergency medicine with Children's Health Ireland.

He says cleaning agents can cause serious damage to children if they drink them.

The centre got 131 calls about children eating dishwasher tablets last year, and 93 relating to the consumption of firelighters.



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