What information should patients be given about preventing caustic ingestions?

Updated: Dec 09, 2020
  • Author: Derrick Lung, MD, MPH, FACEP, FACMT; Chief Editor: David Vearrier, MD, MPH  more...
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Caustic agents should be stored in their original child-resistant containers. Many accidental childhood ingestions occur as a result of caustic substances being placed in easily accessed containers, such as milk cartons or soda bottles.

The reduced concentration of household products compared with their industrial strength counterparts has also been helpful in mitigating the severity of childhood exposures to agents such as household cleaners.

For patient education information, see First Aid for Poisoning in Children and Child Safety Proofing. as well as Battery Ingestion.


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