Gel Freezer Packs

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Freezer gel packs are a great way to keep school lunches cool, and they also ease swelling or soothe a cut. Some are designed for kids and come in cute shapes and bright colors, so it’s no wonder that kids are curious about these squishy gel packs.

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Plant Food

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While good for plants, plant food products are not good for children and should be stored it in a safe place, away from children and pets.

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Play Foam, Play Sand, Play Slime

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Back in the day, kids had Play-Doh or Silly Putty. Now, they have a wide variety of moldable toys, including foam, sand, and slime. Luckily, these products are designed for kids and are typically non-toxic.

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Perfume

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Perfumes and colognes are tempting to children. They not only smell good, they also come in ornate, beautiful bottles that children may be curious about. If parents use fragrances, children may want to mimic them or even try to taste the liquid.

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Tanning Oil

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Children are attracted to tanning oil because of its sweet, tropical smell. Like skin lotions, tanning oils are a mixture of oils, water, and other ingredients such as dyes and fragrances.

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Sunscreen

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Sunscreens should be applied to all exposed areas of the body, including the lips (use a sunscreen specifically intended for use on lips). They are usually only ingested in small amounts since they do not taste good. If swallowed, they can be irritating to the stomach and can result in vomiting or diarrhea.

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Bleach

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Typical household bleach products are 4-8% sodium hypochlorite, with the remaining 92-96% being water. Bleach is an irritant to the skin, the mucous membranes, and the gastrointestinal tract.

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Easter Egg Dye Tablets

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A frequent call at Easter time involves a child eating the egg dye. Sometimes children take a drink of the dye diluted in water and vinegar or taste a tablet thinking it is candy. Swallowing a sip of dye liquid or a tablet or two can cause an upset stomach.

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Foreign Bodies

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Foreign bodies that are soft, small, pliable, and non-sharp such as, pieces of foam, paper or fabric, marbles, soft plastic toys, and buttons usually will pass uneventfully through the GI tract after being swallowed.

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Styrofoam

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Styrofoam is a foam plastic that does not break down or get absorbed into the body when ingested. If a large piece of styrofoam is ingested, it can cause gagging and choking. There is a chance for the piece to become stuck in the esophagus and cause mild discomfort with swallowing.

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Soap – Hand and Body

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Soaps are generally of low toxicity. They do not taste good which limits the amount ingested. Small bites from bar soap or licks of a liquid soap will cause a bad taste in the mouth and possible upset stomach and vomiting or diarrhea.

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Candles

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Most candles are made of beeswax, paraffin wax or a plant based wax. Additional ingredients include dyes to color the candle and essential oils to add fragrance. Commonly children have easy access to birthday candles and take a bite from the small candle.

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