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introduction• Circumstances of poisoning :1-Commonly accidental especially in the under-5 age group .     2- homicidal.   ...
mortality:Death is increasingly rare dueto more effective management&preventive measures.
How Children Differ     From Adults?    Developmental                           Physical Considerations    Considerations ...
Routes of administration of the poisons                             Ingestion 79%                             Dermal 6.3% ...
Initial        Assessment and         ManagementNon specific.          specific.           Kerosene.               Caustic.
A-Non specific management:1- removal of the source of  poison away from the child .2- initial resuscitation and  stabiliza...
1-removal of the poison .    Skin : triple wash ( water , soap    , more water)    Eyes : saline wash.    Cavities : remov...
2-Initial resuscitation and stabilization:• it is the initial priority in treating poison  children.   A:Assess airway    ...
C:Assess the circulation in terms of1-cardiovascular status .2-effect of circulatory inadequacy to other organs
D:Assess neurological  function in terms of: -level of consciousness -pupillary size and reaction -bedside blood glucose  ...
3-removal of unabsorbed poisons• from the GIT.1- Activated charcoal (AC):   it is the safest mode.   It is given if the ch...
• Mechanism and dose : It adsorbs many toxins (except metals, alcohols & petroleum distillates) & reduces its absorbtion i...
Disadvantage: It is anodorless, tasteless, blackpowder so Children maybe averse to its grittytexture & color. if they cann...
2- Gastric lavage :  usually reserved for children who present  within 1 h of ingesting a potentially life-  threatening p...
disadvantage: It is often difficult to remove the toxic agent from the GI tract because of the small size of lavage tube n...
hydrocarbons
3- Whole-bowel irrigation:  Irrigation is a newer  technique used to  flush the toxin through  the bowel , thereby  preven...
Polyethylene glycol 500 ml /h is given orally & continued until therectal effluent is clear (in 4-6 h).   serial abdominal...
It is particularly useful for ingestionsthat are not adsorbed by AC such as:                              Lead paint   iro...
hypotension  Symptomatic                 arrhythmia      Rx                        convulsions                hypothermiaP...
5-elimination of the already absorbed  poisons.  Absorption of poisons occurs after six hours  after ingestion.  The techn...
Kerosene poisoning is commonin communities wherekerosene is a major householdfuel. The circumstance is usually accidental ...
ManagementInvestigations     Treatment
Investigationsto aid management and to monitorcomplications in other organ systems wedo:    full blood                    ...
Chest x-ray is done in all symptomatic patient to :1-determine the extent of injury .2-rule out differentials which includ...
Initially the chest radiograph may be normal butpositive findings develop over the first few hoursafter ingestion of keros...
Treatment:  maintenance of airway, breathing andcirculation.  Stabilization of the airway is always the firstpriority of t...
Gastric lavage and induction of emesis( e.g. use of Ipecac) should not beconsidered in the management of kerosene poisonin...
Classification of corrosives: Inorganic non metal :   –Acids as sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid.   –Bases (alkali)as a...
• PH of saliva should be checked by PH paper.• Endoscopy is the only reliable way to establish the  severity of esophageal...
Routine investigation :Complete blood count, glucoseand electrolyte determination level.  Chest and abdominal X-ray should...
No Gastric lavageNo EmesisNot give activated charcoalNo bicarbonate or antidote
Assess the A –B- CGive water (diluting) only60 mlDemulcent as cold milkAnalgesics and antibioticscorticosteroids
poison in children
poison in children
poison in children
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  1. 1. introduction• Circumstances of poisoning :1-Commonly accidental especially in the under-5 age group . 2- homicidal. 3-suicidal (in older children)
  2. 2. mortality:Death is increasingly rare dueto more effective management&preventive measures.
  3. 3. How Children Differ From Adults? Developmental Physical Considerations Considerations ( there are many age-( each age group is more related changes in vital vulnerable to specific signs.) toxins )
  4. 4. Routes of administration of the poisons Ingestion 79% Dermal 6.3% Ophthalmic 5.3% Inhalation 5.1% Bits and Stings 3.1% Parental 1%
  5. 5. Initial Assessment and ManagementNon specific. specific. Kerosene. Caustic.
  6. 6. A-Non specific management:1- removal of the source of poison away from the child .2- initial resuscitation and stabilization.3- removal of unabsorbed poison from GIT.4-elimination of already absorbed poisons.5-symptomatic and supportive measures.
  7. 7. 1-removal of the poison . Skin : triple wash ( water , soap , more water) Eyes : saline wash. Cavities : removed by irrigation.
  8. 8. 2-Initial resuscitation and stabilization:• it is the initial priority in treating poison children. A:Assess airway B:Assess the patency. adequacy of breathing .
  9. 9. C:Assess the circulation in terms of1-cardiovascular status .2-effect of circulatory inadequacy to other organs
  10. 10. D:Assess neurological function in terms of: -level of consciousness -pupillary size and reaction -bedside blood glucose concentration. -presence of any seizure activity.E:Record the childs temperature.
  11. 11. 3-removal of unabsorbed poisons• from the GIT.1- Activated charcoal (AC): it is the safest mode. It is given if the child has taken a potentially toxic overdose within the previous hour.
  12. 12. • Mechanism and dose : It adsorbs many toxins (except metals, alcohols & petroleum distillates) & reduces its absorbtion into the bloodstream. Dose : 1 g/ kg.
  13. 13. Disadvantage: It is anodorless, tasteless, blackpowder so Children maybe averse to its grittytexture & color. if they cannot be cajoledwith flavoring, an opaquecup, and straw, then itcan be administered by anasogastric tube.
  14. 14. 2- Gastric lavage : usually reserved for children who present within 1 h of ingesting a potentially life- threatening poison.
  15. 15. disadvantage: It is often difficult to remove the toxic agent from the GI tract because of the small size of lavage tube needed in pediatric patients. the child will often need to be intubated to facilitate this technique.
  16. 16. hydrocarbons
  17. 17. 3- Whole-bowel irrigation: Irrigation is a newer technique used to flush the toxin through the bowel , thereby preventing further absorption.
  18. 18. Polyethylene glycol 500 ml /h is given orally & continued until therectal effluent is clear (in 4-6 h). serial abdominalradiographs may also be used to demonstrate its effectiveness.
  19. 19. It is particularly useful for ingestionsthat are not adsorbed by AC such as: Lead paint iron tablets batteries
  20. 20. hypotension Symptomatic arrhythmia Rx convulsions hypothermiaPain
  21. 21. 5-elimination of the already absorbed poisons. Absorption of poisons occurs after six hours after ingestion. The techniques are : peritoneal forced diuresis. hemodialysis. dialysis hemoperfusion. hemofiltration. plasmapheresis. exchange transfusion.
  22. 22. Kerosene poisoning is commonin communities wherekerosene is a major householdfuel. The circumstance is usually accidental ingestion (mistaken for water)
  23. 23. ManagementInvestigations Treatment
  24. 24. Investigationsto aid management and to monitorcomplications in other organ systems wedo: full blood electrolytes count Urea& liver function creatinine test level
  25. 25. Chest x-ray is done in all symptomatic patient to :1-determine the extent of injury .2-rule out differentials which include -atelectasis -inhalation injury -Near Drowning -Pneumonia -Respiratory Distress syndrome
  26. 26. Initially the chest radiograph may be normal butpositive findings develop over the first few hoursafter ingestion of kerosene. Common findingsinclude perihilar opacities and bi-basal infilteration. Perihilar opacity Bi-basal infiltration
  27. 27. Treatment: maintenance of airway, breathing andcirculation. Stabilization of the airway is always the firstpriority of treatment.
  28. 28. Gastric lavage and induction of emesis( e.g. use of Ipecac) should not beconsidered in the management of kerosene poisoning as these may cause further aspiration and worsens the condition.
  29. 29. Classification of corrosives: Inorganic non metal : –Acids as sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid. –Bases (alkali)as ammonia, k permenganate . Organic non metal:- Carbolic acid and oxalic acid.
  30. 30. • PH of saliva should be checked by PH paper.• Endoscopy is the only reliable way to establish the severity of esophageal burn. It should be performed from 12- 24 hours after ingestion. (contraindicated if there is suspecting perforation)
  31. 31. Routine investigation :Complete blood count, glucoseand electrolyte determination level. Chest and abdominal X-ray should be taken to rule outvisceral perforation. Ocular slit- lamp examination with topical fluoresceindye in cornel burns.
  32. 32. No Gastric lavageNo EmesisNot give activated charcoalNo bicarbonate or antidote
  33. 33. Assess the A –B- CGive water (diluting) only60 mlDemulcent as cold milkAnalgesics and antibioticscorticosteroids

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