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Health Matters: Poison Control Hotline Calls Increase in the Summer

Poison control specialists talk about the importance of keeping chemicals and pills out of the reach of children.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- During the summer, calls to poison control centers are on the rise.

As kids spend more time at home, there's a greater risk of them getting into harmful products.

Even items you may not think to be dangerous, could be a threat to your child.

Vitamin pills for example.

Taking one no problem, but a handful...now that could be an issue.

Olivia Wilson, with Arkansas Children's Hospital, said, "Probably more so kidney problems, those organs that are actually trying to break down the medicines that you're ingesting."

Over at the Arkansas Poison Center --  in Little Rock -- they take about a hundred calls a day.

75% of those are for children who swallowed something harmful, usually pills.

Dish washer cubes can also be a problem because health experts say they're very appealing to younger children.

Unfortunately swallowing one could be deadly.

Charlie Stutts, with the Arkansas Poison Center, said, "They're very colorful, they're palatable and most households have them."

Poison control specialists say the best thing to do is keep most products -- especially medications -- out of reach from kids.

It's also recommended that parents put the number of the Arkansas Poison Center in their cell phone.

That hotline number is 1-800-222-1222

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