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November 5, 1982

Diapers and Poisons

Author Affiliations

Rocky Mountain Poison Center Denver General Hospital University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Denver

JAMA. 1982;248(17):2164. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330170068035

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Those of us with experience in childhood poisoning have published numerous articles dealing with series of cases related to a single intoxicant. While these series and others that show various epidemiologic data abound in the literature and in textbooks, few articles deal with practical poison prevention. We usually include a paragraph or two on prevention in review articles or general poisoning principles.

Some hazardous household areas may even be pointed out. Specific data for these areas are usually related to where the products are thought to be found—garages, kitchen sinks, laundry rooms, or medicine cabinets.

The clear-cut data by McCormick et al (p 2159) show us that wherever diaper changing is done must be classified as potentially hazardous. The article was done looking specifically at the area and not by looking at the products and surmising where they might have been located. Reasons for a certain area being high risk