Mississippi Poison Control Center


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  • Know What to Do in Case of Poisoning

    Don't wait for symptoms to appear - act fast!

    Warning signs of poisoning

    • An open container nearby
    • Pills, berries, etc., in the mouth
    • Strange odor on breath
    • Burns around the mouth
    • Sweating
    • Upset stomach or nausea
    • Dizziness or unconsciousness
    • Convulsions

    Act quickly

    • Try to identify the poison if you can do so quickly. Look for a container
    • If the victim is responsive (alert, breathing on own, etc.) call the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222. If you have trouble getting through, call 911.
    • If the victim is unconscious or showing signs of severe poisoning (seizures, trouble breathing, etc.) call 911.
    • Do not make the victim vomit unless you are advised to do so by a medical professional.

    Animal poisoning

    If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned, call your veterinarian immediately.

    When you phone for help

    • Bring the empty container with you to the phone.
      If possible, bring the child, too. Don't leave the child near the poison.
    • Stay calm
      Be ready to answer questions about the poison (name, amount taken, etc.), and the child's age and weight.
    • Follow instructions quickly
      Ask questions if you don't understand something.
    • Don't try to make the person vomit
      Do not stick your finger down the person's throat or give anything by mouth unless you are advised to do so by a medical professional.