first aid for childminders poisonsThe children have been giving each other real medicines. You have no idea how much they have taken or what medicines they may have taken.  





The first thing you should do is to try to find out what the children have taken and how much. Try to stay calm and not frighten the children by shouting at them. These children are old enough that they may be able to tell you what they’ve taken. Younger children may have no idea.

Take a look closely at the evidence as well as talking to the children.



night nurseIn this example, the Night Nurse is unopened, so they can’t have taken that.








sudafedBut they could have taken both the Sudafed pills and the Neurofen medicine.









Share this information with the ambulance operator.

If the child is sick, then keep samples of the vomit. If the child loses consciousness, open the airway and check for breathing. See the St. John’s Ambulance website for more information on unconsciousness and poisoning.


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