Caffeine

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Caffeine is found in a variety of beverages, foods, and medications. Many adults drink coffee, tea, or soft drinks to start their day and increase mental alertness.

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Ammonia

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Household ammonia is used as a cleaner on its own, or as an ingredient in window cleaners and floor waxes. Ammonia is also the ingredient in smelling salts because the sharp, pungent odor irritates the lining of the nose and lungs which triggers the inhalation reflex (breathing in).

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Denture Cream (Adhesive)

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The main ingredient in most denture creams available today are adhesive-based substances such as polymethyl vinyl (PVM), and sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC). Small pea sized amounts of the denture cream are placed on the fitting surface of the dentures.

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Gas Drops

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Over-the-counter gas drops usually contain simethicone, which treats the discomfort associated with excess gas. It helps relieve the painful pressure by breaking up gas bubbles in the stomach and intestines.

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Gummy Vitamins

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The Missouri Poison Center handles calls every day about children getting into gummy vitamins. When we receive a gummy vitamin call, it is not unusual to hear about large numbers of vitamins that have been eaten.

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Hair Spray

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Hairspray is used to protect the hair against humidity and hold a certain style. Hairsprays consist of polymers which act like a glue to coat the hair and help keep it in place.

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Ice Melt

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Ice melting products can be made of calcium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, or a combination of these chemicals. There is also the more traditional ice melt, called rock salt, which is sodium chloride (the same as table salt).

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Spoiled Milk

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Milk is a highly nutritious, but is a perishable food containing protein, fat and sugar. The milk sold today is pasteurized, meaning the milk is heated for a brief period of time to kill disease-causing bacteria; however, this process does not kill ALL bacteria.

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Toilet Bowl Deodorizer

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Toilet bowl deodorizers are available as a clip-on to the side of the toilet bowl, or as a gel disc that clings to the toilet bowl. The product cleans and deodorizes the toilet bowl with every flush.

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Toothpaste

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Children getting into toothpaste is a very common call to the poison center because they love to imitate adults. During an unsupervised moment with a tube of toothpaste, their curious nature may take over and the child may actually eat the toothpaste.

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