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Missouri Poison Center 

 

Poison Look-Alikes Quiz

 

Each year, children mistake common household items such as mouthwash, cleaning products and medicine for candy, foods and drinks they enjoy.

 

The consequences of ingesting a poison can be harmful or even fatal, so if you suspect your child has swallowed a harmful substance, please call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

 

Meanwhile, look at the Poison Look-Alikes below with your child, and see if you can figure out which items are safe to eat or drink, and which ones are poisonous.

 

If you'd like to order the 'Look Out for Poison Look-Alikes' brochure for your class, group, or physician office's waiting room, please call 314-772-8300, or download our order form.


Safe to drink: Blue sports drinks

 

Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Windshield-Wiper fluid
  • Mouthwash
  • Rinse agent for dishwasher

 

 

Safe to eat: Mini chocolate bars

 

Poison Look-Alike:

  • Laxatives

 

 

Safe to use: Toothpaste

 

Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Glitter glue
  • Denture adhesive

 

Safe to drink: Apple juice

 

Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Mouthwash
  • Household cleaner

 

Safe to eat: Gummy bears

 

Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Gummy vitamins. These are ok when taken as directed, but too many can be dangerous for kids.

 

Safe to eat: Candy-coated chocolates

 

Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Ibuprofen tablets
  • Iron supplement tablets
  • Aspirin tablets

 

Safe to eat: Candy  

 

Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Mice pellets
  • Chewable cold medicine

 

Safe to eat: Candy

 

Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Calcium supplement chewable tablets

 


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