Who we help - Young people and children
Many suspected accidental exposures occur in children; managing them appropriately can be challenging.
During the year 2014/15 NPIS received over 23,000 telephone enquiries a year relating to young people, under the age of 19 years. Thrity percent of the calls concerned children under five. Enquiries about young people aged 5-19 years account for a further 14% of cases.
This pattern reflects the incidence of accidental childhood poisoning in the general population.
The agents most often enquired about overall (0-19 years) are paracetamol and ibuprofen. In children under nine years, household products are the most common cause of poisoning. In the 10-19 age group, all the agents most frequently enquired about are drugs and alcohol.
The vast majority of exposures in children under nine (92%) are accidental, whereas in the 10-19 age group, just over half are intentional ingestions.