poison first aid
What to Do if Poisoned
Syrup of Ipecac and Activated Charcoal
Syrup of Ipecac and Activated Charcoal are not recommended for home use in a poison emergency.
DO NOT PANIC! Remove anything remaining in the mouth. Call 911 if the victim is unconscious, having a seizure, or cannot swallow, otherwise give 2 ounces of water to drink and call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222 for further instructions.
Poison in the Eye
Remove all foreign materials from the eyes including contact lenses if worn. Gently flush eye for 10-15 minutes, timed by the clock, using slightly warm water. Pour a stream of water from a clean glass held about 3 inches above the eye. Do not use any eye drops until advised to do so by the poison center. Call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.
Tips for rinsing young childrens eyes
Fill a large glass or a pitcher with room temperature water. Wrap them in a large towel with their arms inside the towel to prevent them from pushing you away.Lie the child down in the bathtub or with head supported over sink. Pour a gentle stream of water across thebridge of the nose or on the forehead above the affected eye.
Poison on the Skin
Remove any contaminated clothing. Rinse the affected area thoroughly with large amounts of water. Wash the same area gently with hand soap and warm water to remove all remaining chemicals on the skin. If exposed, remember to wash hair and under fingernails. Call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.
Get to fresh air as soon as possible. Avoid breathing fumes. Ventilate that area as soon as possible by opening windows or directing fans toward the door, while protecting yourself from injury. Call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222. If the person is unconscious, having difficulty breathing or not breathing, call 911.
Read the official Minnesota Poison Control System position on home use of Syrup of Ipecac.