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By Downers Grove Pediatrics
March 01, 2013
Category: Reach Out and Read
Tags: Children   Poisons  

Young children explore the world by putting things in their mouth.  For this reason, more than one million children under the age of six are victims of accidental poisoning each year.  To help protect and keep your child safe, your pediatrician in Downers Grove offers advice for identifying and locking up toxic materials, and knowing what to do if he or she touches, inhales, or swallows something poisonous.

Common Examples

Medicines: Vitamins and minerals, cold medicine, allergy and asthma medicine, ibuprofen, acetaminophen

Household Products: moth balls, furniture polish, drain cleaners, weed killers, insect or rat poisons, lye, pant thinners, dishwasher detergent, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, gasoline, kerosene, lamp oil

How to Poison Proof Your Home

  • To maintain a healthy, safe home, your Downers Grove pediatrician offers these safety rules:
  • Keep harmful products locked up and out of the reach of your child
  • Use safety latches or locks to keep drawers and cabinets closed tight
  • Take care during stressful times
  • Never refer to any type of medicine as candy
  • Don’t rely on child-resistant containers
  • Never leave alcohol within the reach of your child
  • Call the Poison Help Line at (800) 222-1222 or your pediatrician in Downers Grove if your child swallows a substance that is not food
  • Keep products in their original containers, as to not confuse your child
  • Read labels before using any product
  • Always keep a watchful eye on your child
  • Check your home for old medications and dispose of them properly
  • Move purses, luggage, and grocery bags away from prying hands

Talk to your Downers Grove pediatrician today for more information on how to properly poison proof your home.  Each extra measure taken is important to protecting your child from harm in your home.

Barnes & Noble at the Promenade in Bolingbrook is having a bookfair to support Reach Out and Read on Saturday, November 10. A portion of all sales that day will be donated to Reach Out and Read.  Pick up a voucher at one of our offices or mention Reach Out and Read at checkout to participate in the bookfair.

Support the bookfair online from November 10-15 using ID #10902245


Representative Judy Biggert (IL-13) visited Downers Grove Pediatrics to practice what doctors preach by reading to a group of youngpatients.  Pediatricians and nurses at the site are sending families home from checkups with free books and a very important prescription – “read aloud to your children.”

Downers Grove Pediatrics participates in Reach Out and Read, a program that prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.  Reach Out and Read’s medical providers advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and give free books to children at checkups from 6 months through 5 years of age.  Research proves that families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with stronger language skills and a six-month developmental edge.

Reach Out and Read launched its second annual Summer of a Million Books campaign to give a brand-new, age-appropriate book to one million children in need before International Literacy Day. Representative Biggert demonstrated her support for the campaign by handing out a brand-new book to each child in the Downers Grove Pediatrics waiting room.

“It’s wonderful to be part of opening up a young child’s mind to a whole new world of imagination and learning,” said Biggert, a senior member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.  “By putting books in the hands of young children and encouraging reading at home, Reach Out and Read is helping to place kids on a developmental path that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.  I’m very grateful to Downers Grove Pediatrics for bringing this service into our community, and giving me this opportunity today to read the kids some of the same favorites I’ve read to my own children and grandchildren.”

The Summer of a Million Books campaign will provide one million families with the tools and the guidance they need to prepare their children to succeed in school.  We thank Congresswoman Biggert for her continued support of Reach Out and Read and for taking the time to read aloud to children at Downers Grove Pediatrics!

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