Poisoning - Safekids NZ child safety information


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Poisoning is the third most common cause of injury-related hospital admission for children aged 0–4 years. Most of these injuries happen in the home.

Cleaner or chemical poisonings occurred most frequently to 1 and 2 year olds, and poisonings from drugs and medications are spread across the under 5 age group.

Poisoning Injuries in NZ


children are admitted to hospital each year because of an unintentional poisoning.


of all children hospitalised are 0-4 years old.


Nearly three-quarters of all childhood poisonings occur in the home.

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Be S.A.F.E.

  • STORE all medicines, chemicals and cleaners out of children's reach and sight.
  • ASK your pharmacist for safety caps on medicines - there may be a small cost.
  • FOLLOW the dose instructions from your doctor or pharmacist.
  • ENSURE you read and follow safety instructions on medicines, chemicals and cleaners.

Other Safety Messages

  • Child Resistant Packaging including safety caps are not child proof only child resistant
  • Store medications and other toxic substances in their original container, ensuring lids and closure mechanisms are properly closed 
  • Dispose of medications and other toxic substances in a safe manner
  • If poisoning is suspected phone the National Poisons Centre on 0800 POISON (0800 764 766) or contact a health professional. 
  • CALL 111 if the person is unconscious or has stopped breathing.

Position Paper


Project Plan

  • Paracetamol Poisoning Prevention Project Plan.

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