Management of Intoxications in Pediatrics

  • Rupesh RainaEmail author
  • Stephanie Lam
  • Hershita Raheja
  • Michelle Bestic
  • Martha Blackford


Poisonings in pediatrics remains a consistent cause for presentation to emergency departments. According to the 2016 34th annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’, children <3 years of age accounted for 34.7% of all exposures and children ≤5 years of age accounted for 50% of all exposures. The top three most common poisonings were analgesics, household cleaning substances, and cosmetics/personal care products. Overall, compared to the 2015 data, there was an overall decline in number of reported fatalities in children <20 years old. In children <6 years of age, there were 24 reported deaths. Most common causes were fumes/gases/vapors. Among children between 6 and 12 years old, there were seven reported deaths with the most common cause listed as analgesic exposure. In adolescents aged 13–19 years old, there were 42 reported fatalities with the most common cause listed as analgesics [1] (see Table 21.2).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rupesh Raina
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Stephanie Lam
    • 3
  • Hershita Raheja
    • 2
  • Michelle Bestic
    • 3
  • Martha Blackford
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NephrologyCleveland Clinic Akron General and Akron Children’s HospitalAkronUSA
  2. 2.Akron Nephrology Associates/Cleveland Clinic Akron GeneralAkronUSA
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsAkron Children’s HospitalAkronUSA

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