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Evolving Trends and Treatment Advances in Pediatric Poisoning

Erica L. Liebelt, MD; Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH
JAMA. 1999;282(12):1113-1115. doi:10.1001/jama.282.12.1113.
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More than 1 million children younger than 6 years experience toxic exposures annually, making poisoning a major and persistent cause of injury-related morbidity in children in the United States. In the 1940s, childhood poisonings were responsible for an estimated 500 deaths per year and were attributed primarily to household products. Fortunately, significant advances have been made in the prevention and treatment of pediatric poisoning in the past 5 decades, although many epidemiological issues have persisted. This article reviews evolving trends in pediatric poisoning by focusing on epidemiological, prevention, and treatment issues.

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