What should I do if my child has swallowed poison?

What should I do if my child has swallowed poison?

Do not panic! Remain calm and call a poison centre as soon as possible
In most cases, children will require little or no treatment following an exposure to something poisonous.

If the child is awake

If the child is sleepy or unconscious:

If the child is not breathing or does not have a pulse

Following eye exposures:

What happens at the hospital?


Children who need assessment at the hospital may require:


Related Resources
Plants in New Zealand Poisonous To Children - A pamphlet detailing many plants available in New Zealand that are poisonous to children
Plants That Poison - A New Zealand Guide - A colourful, informative and easy-to-use book every NZ home should have
Prevent Poisoning: Keeping Children Safe From Poisons - A brochure on general poisoning prevention information including home safety tips
Put Your Kid's Safety First - A brochure detailing the risk of dishwasher detergents and simple safety tips for their use