Barbara Crouch, director of the Utah Poison Control Center, identifies which products you should lock up to protect your young child.">

Jul 20, 2017 — Personal care products are the No. 1 cause of poisonings in children under six years of age. Items such as cosmetics, perfumes, hand sanitizers and lotions can contain chemicals that are dangerous if consumed. On today's Health Minute, Barbara Crouch, director of the Utah Poison Control Center, identifies which products you should lock up to protect your young child.

Interview

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Interviewer: Personal care products are the often overlooked poisons according to Dr. Barbara Crouch, Director of the Utah Poison Control Center. What do you mean by that?

Dr. Crouch: So they are the number one category of substances that children less than six years of age get into because these are readily available in the home and include things like cosmetics, perfumes, colognes, sunscreens, hand sanitizers, lotions, deodorant.

Interviewer: That shocks me a little bit. So those are just as dangerous as stuff under the sink?

Dr. Crouch: That's right. Many of these products contain alcohol, and alcohol can be very dangerous to a small child. Things like hand sanitizers, perfumes, colognes, body splashes, even hair spray contain alcohol.

Interviewer: So what do you recommend?

Dr. Crouch: So those need to be put up and locked up, and out of reach of small children in the home.

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