Preventing Poisoning by Iron-Containing Medicine

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns that iron medications (sometimes identified as ferrous sulfate, ferrous gluconate or ferrous fumarate) can be deadly to a young child. Many adults may not realize the hazard of iron preparations. The Commission recommends that parents keep medicine with iron out of the reach of young children. Most of the products that contain iron are iron supplements and vitamin preparations. Be aware of any iron-containing products you have in your household, be sure they are packaged with child-resistant caps and keep the product out of reach of children. As many as 30 percent of childhood poisonings are associated with the ingestion of iron.

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