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Baby and Child First Aid

First aid for babies and children:
poisoning and harmful substances

Watch the video, in which a child is treated for taking a harmful substance, and remind yourself of the key steps below.

Harmful substances and poisons include alcohol, drugs (prescription or non-prescription drugs), chemicals (including household cleaning products) and some plants if you swallow them.


Establish what they have taken, when and how much.

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The emergency services will want to know this information.


Call 999.

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The substance could be extremely harmful and the baby or child may need urgent medical attention.


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We love to hear from people who have stepped forward to help in a first aid emergency. If you have a first aid story that you'd be happy to share, please email including your name, telephone number and some brief details about what happened. The British Red Cross will only use your information to contact you about your first aid story.

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