Poisoning from gasoline and other hydrocarbons has been dropping, especially in small children, reports a new study. Even so, those poisonings and injuries involving common flammables found around the house increase during the summer.
The study was in Pediatrics, the journal published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It focused on hydrocarbon-related poisonings in children five years-old and younger, over a 10 year period using records from the National Poison Data System.
S. David Baker, PharmD, was part of the study team. He said the primary injury from hydrocarbons can be to the child’s lungs. The study reported that three-quarters of the child poisoning ER visits were due to drinking hydrocarbons.
Baker is the director of the Central Texas Poison Center housed at Scott & White and part of the statewide Texas Poison Center Network. The center provides 24-hour poison emergency treatment and information for health care professionals and the public. The toll-free number is 800-222-1222.
McLane Children’s Scott & White has the only emergency department between Dallas and Austin that is specifically for children.