Toxicity worries

  1. So, just this week I have had students swallowing a battery, slime, eating bingo blotter paint, and a good size piece of pencil lead. I have called poison control and all seems okay at the moment. What are items in school that are the most toxic to kids? How do you handle kids that put things in their mouth ALL THE TIME?
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  3. by   LikeTheDeadSea
    Cleaning supplies and anything in the Nursing Office would be my red flags. If they're in a certain grade level, maybe go in and chat with the class about avoiding putting things in mouths? Or a Choking Hazard info sheet home?
  4. by   WineRN
    I say a little thank you prayer that poison control exists on a monthly basis. lol

    If it is the same students, or students in the same room, I would go and speak with the teacher and see how the room could be made safer. I had a teacher with a salt lamp that 2 different students just decided to lick on 2 different occasions and after the second she agreed to move it to a place where students couldn't get to it.

    But to get honest kids are always going to get into things. Similar to what you posted I have kids that wanted to see what slime tasted like, what the goo in my reusable blue ice packs taste like, dares on who can eat the most ridiculous things.

    All you can do is keep reminding teachers to put things away, call the parents and ask them to reinforce better behavior at home and chart it all down
  5. by   OldDude
    Hand sanitizer is probably the most toxic substance on campus and is the least monitored or managed. I cringe at the potential and cross my fingers every day.
  6. by   ruby_jane
    Quote from WineRN
    I say a little thank you prayer that poison control exists on a monthly basis. lol
    OH YES. Kid took a bite out of a lily in a flower arrangement. They are nontoxic to humans, in case you ever wanted to know.
  7. by   Mango Juice
    Is it the same kid(s)? What age(s)? Any developmental delays?
  8. by   GmaPearl BSN RN
    I have one special girl who has a healthy appetite for deicer crystals...
  9. by   MrNurse(x2)
    What the... I have NEVER had this problem in 3 years. I guess we see where the Tide pod consumers come from.
  10. by   lvoyles
    One is a special needs pre K student, another is a 4th grader with lots of issues.
  11. by   Cas1in72
    WOW! Crazy what kids will do!! Not toxic, but did some damage to the kid. Around Halloween had a 7th grader "snort" a packet of Fun Dip. Arrived in my office holding his head complaining of a terrible headache. While I was assessing him I noticed a very fruity odor. He finally admitted to what he had done. Natural Consequence here in play. I told him I would be calling home ( I dont want the kid to get a sinus infection or aspirated any of the powder) He said, " For the love of God, dont call my Mom, she will be so mad!!!" Do you think????
    If I had my way, Flamin Hot Cheetos would be on the toxic list. The stomach aches and puke I see from those things are NASTY!!!!
  12. by   MrNurse(x2)
    What the... I have NEVER had this problem in 3 years. I guess we see where the Tide pod consumers come from.
  13. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Quote from MrNurse(x2)
    What the... I have NEVER had this problem in 3 years. I guess we see where the Tide pod consumers come from.
    I have also never met a middle or high school (or elementary for that matter) child that has eaten or put a tide pod in their mouth as part of this challenge. They all think is a very stupid thing to do.

    They all just stick to vaping...which is a whole 'nother thread.
  14. by   Amethya
    Quote from Cas1in72
    WOW! Crazy what kids will do!! Not toxic, but did some damage to the kid. Around Halloween had a 7th grader "snort" a packet of Fun Dip. Arrived in my office holding his head complaining of a terrible headache. While I was assessing him I noticed a very fruity odor. He finally admitted to what he had done. Natural Consequence here in play. I told him I would be calling home ( I dont want the kid to get a sinus infection or aspirated any of the powder) He said, " For the love of God, dont call my Mom, she will be so mad!!!" Do you think????
    If I had my way, Flamin Hot Cheetos would be on the toxic list. The stomach aches and puke I see from those things are NASTY!!!!
    I would honestly call his mom, while giving him my biggest Sh**-eating smile ever, while telling him, you reap what you sow, now suffer the consequences! He can get a SI or something worse.

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