A young child playing with toys. The telephone number for the Public Poisons Line is displayed. The telephone number is 01 809 2166

Did you know?

  • Accidental poisoning is most likely to happen to children aged between 1 and 4 years old.
  • Most of these incidents take place in the child’s home or in the home of their grandparent of a childminder.
  • Children are most likely to come in contact with poisons during the afternoon, at the weekend and during school holidays.

A poison is any substance that can cause harm if it is swallowed, inhaled, injected or absorbed through the skin or eye; medicines, household products, chemicals, and even animals (for example wasp stings).

If you think your child has been poisoned

  • Stay calm but act quickly.
  • Take the poison away from your child.
  • Never make your child vomit.
  • If the poison was eaten, make the child spit it out, run your fingers around their mouth and flick out any remaining pieces.
  • If a chemical has splashed into the eyes, wash the eyes with tap water for 15 minutes.
  • Wash any skin that was in contact with the poison with soap and water.

Don’t Delay! Call (01) 809 2166

Your call will be answered by a Specialist in Poisons Information Centre. You will be advised if medical attention is needed.
Be ready to answer the following questions

  • What was taken?
  • How much was taken?
  • What is the child’s age and weight?
  • Does the child have symptoms?
  • Does the child have an existing medical problem?
  • What time did the poisoning occur?
  • Is there information on the container?