The risk associated with poisonings in children

A. G. Marchi, G. Messi, S. Renier, G. Gallone, M. G. Peisino, M. Vietti-Ramus, M. Raspino, M. Chiossi, M. Lattere, D. Polla

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The risk associated with poisonings in children was assessed on 6175 subjects admitted to the pediatric hospitals of 3 regions of Northern Italy between 1975 and 1990. The frequency of exposures and the severity of sequelae allowed high- and low-risk substances to be identified. Risks were studied separately in the 0-4, 5-9 and 10-13 y age group to determine age- related differences. A decrease in drug-related poisonings and an increase of those caused by household products, particularly in the first 2 y of life, were observed in 1983-90 as against 1975-82 in association with the introduction of safety caps and containers for drugs. Our study points out the need to strengthen active primary prevention through health education and parental and adolescent information, and to improve passive prevention through the extension of safety closures to household products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-116
Number of pages5
JournalVeterinary and Human Toxicology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Toxicology
  • veterinary(all)

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