Common household cleaning products pose great danger to youngsters

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(WOIO) - According to a new study released on Monday in Pediatrics, national rates of injuries to children from household cleaning products have dropped significantly, but the number still remains too high according to physicians.

The study, "Household Cleaning Product-Related Injuries Treated in US Emergency Departments in 1990-2006," was published online today and it examined cases in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System database of children treated for injuries related to a variety of cleaning products, including drain cleaners, dishwasher detergents, laundry soap, bleach, toilet bowl products and other abrasive cleaners.

University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Dr. Alfred Aleguas, director of the poison control center, said the total number of young children who are routinely treated is very troubling because the injuries are mostly preventable. According to the study, over 265,000 children ages 5 years and under needed medical intervention as a result of exposure to the chemicals. Dr. Aleguas can provide parent and caregivers a checklist on how to prevent children from ingesting the dangerous chemicals as well as discuss the study in general terms as it relates to the importance of timely emergency treatment.

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