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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