Household products are an important part of daily life.

Household products include air fresheners, adhesives, cleaning products, personal care & hygiene products (such as soaps, body wash, shampoos, body creams and deodorants), laundry products, hair dyes, car care products and disinfectants. Imagine life without these products.

Household products are safe when used according to the manufacturer’s directions.

However, unsuitable exposure to household products can be harmful, especially to young children.

Children aged 0-4 are one of the groups at highest risk of poisoning by household products.

Why are children aged 0-4 at greatest risk?

Young children are inquisitive, gaining knowledge of their world through exploration.

In this age-group, children gain independent mobility. They move around with a high level of contact with the floor, walls and furniture. And they use their mouth as an exploratory tool.

Additionally, children of this age cannot read. They develop judgment through:

“…the necessary process of pushing the boundaries of their experience, developing their own sense of risk and danger, and taking progressive responsibility for their own lives.”[1]

These factors: increasing mobility, hand-to-mouth behaviour, curiosity, and lack of judgment; mean that young children run a higher risk of exposure to potential hazards.

When can child poisoning happen?

Most child poisonings occur in the home. Child poisoning could happen any time, but especially:



What can YOU do to reduce the chance of child poisoning?

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How common is child poisoning?

What protections exist?

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[1] UNICEF, ‘A league table of child deaths by injury in rich nations’, Innocenti Report Card No.2, February 2001. UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.