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Top concerns on Christmas Day at the Upstate New York Poison Center

top concerns in poisonings for Christmas

FOR RELEASE: Dec. 27, 2019

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Holidays can be a busy time for our 16 Certified Specialists in Poison Information at the poison center. This Christmas our specialists handled several cases related to over-the counter medicines, household products and toys.

 “We saw a lot of foreign object concerns,” said Christine Stork, clinical director of the poison center, “Be on the lookout for toys that come with small parts. Also, don't leave your alcohol out in the open. Put it up high where children cannot reach it or throw it away.”

Our highest number of cases on Christmas Day for kids five and younger:

  1. Over-the-counter products (analgesics (pain relievers), children's cold medicine, multivitamins, & others)
  2. Household products (silica gel, makeup, oils, deodorants, soap/bath soap, toothpaste, & others)
  3. Toys (mostly foreign objects)

As a reminder, always keep alcohol, including baking extracts, out of reach of children. Mistletoe berries, Holly Berry and Jerusalem Cherry can be poisonous. If they are used in decorating, make sure children and pets cannot reach it. Also, many children’s toys, watches, cameras, and games may contain button batteries (flat, coin-like batteries). If eaten, button batteries usually pass through the body in the stool, but sometimes they get stuck in the throat or stomach, which can cause blockage or serious burns.

In the case of a poisoning or for information purposes, call the Upstate New York Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year. Each year our center manages more than 50,000 calls from health care providers, 911 operators, hospitals, industry, schools, and the general public in our 54-county service area.

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About Upstate New York Poison Center

Housed inside Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, the Upstate New York Poison Center is dedicated to reducing the number, cost and severity of poisonings within its designated 54-county service area as mandated by New York State Law. The Center is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to both health professionals and the general public at 1-800-222-1222.

About Upstate Medical University

SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, is the only academic medical center in Central New York. It is also the region's largest employer with 9,460 employees. Affiliated with the State University of New York, Upstate's mission is to improve the health of the community through education, biomedical research and health care.