A 3-year-old boy was given salt as an emetic and later received gastric lavage with a saline solution following accidental ingestion of aspirin. He became comatose and laboratory values revealed severe hypernatremia and hyperchloremia. He died despite therapy with fluids, peritoneal dialysis, and mechanical ventilation.
Barer J, Hill LL, Hill RM, Martinez WM. Fatal Poisoning From Salt Used as an Emetic. Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(6):889-890. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160060087020