If your baby swallows something poisonous
Your baby could come into contact with poisonous substances when
they’re inside or outside the house. Swallowed poisons include
drugs, plants, fungi, berries, and household items such as washing
If you think your baby may have swallowed something poisonous,
the signs may include:
- • Finding medicines, empty packaging or household products near
to your baby
- • They may start vomiting
- • They may draw up their knees indicating stomach pains
- • In severe cases they may have seizures or become
Read the advice below to find out what to do if your baby has
swallowed something poisonous.
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What to do – swallowed poisons
1. Try to find out what your baby has swallowed, how much of it
and when they swallowed it. Look for clues – like plants or
containers near where they have been playing.
2. Call 999/112 for emergency help and give them as much
information you can.
3. While you wait check that your baby is breathing normally,
and if they respond to you.
4. If they do not respond open their airway, check for breathing
and see if they need CPR.
5. Don’t try to make them be sick, but if your baby is sick try
to collect some of their vomit to give to the healthcare
professionals – they may be able to identify the poison with
6. If what they have swallowed is burning their mouth or lips,
give them sips of water or milk until help arrives.