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Old 11-05-2008, 01:36 PM
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Medical Question or Common Sense

In the last year and a half since our daughter was born I have been reading many product labels. One thing that I have noticed is everything reads "If swallowed do not induce vomiting". At what point have the powers that be decided that we should not induce vomiting?

Surely all of you remember the bottle of ipecac under the kitchen sink with all of the other chemicals you weren't supposed to touch.

What is so different now?
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Old 11-05-2008, 05:23 PM
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Re: Medical Question or Common Sense

I'm no medical man, but I beleive that the train of thought is that the chemicals that are either acids or bases (those that burn tissue) you will do more damage by vomiting them up again. Some chemicals will require you to drink a certain household liquid and go to the ER. But by all means don't take my word for it - call the chem emergency number if someone swallows the substance !! ;)
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Old 11-05-2008, 06:53 PM
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Re: Medical Question or Common Sense

The danger is from aspiration of the vomitus.:(
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:03 PM
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Re: Medical Question or Common Sense

LewisH is right , this is especialy so with chemicals that contain acids or caustics or petrolium bases as once they get to the lungs the trouble gets much harder to fix , a trip to the ER will generaly result drinking alot of charchol based liquid then a stomach pump.
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:05 PM
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Re: Medical Question or Common Sense

Well that makes perfect sense...but they're just realizing this in the last few years? Or have I been out of touch because I've never been forced to pay attention?
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:44 PM
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Re: Medical Question or Common Sense

Kinda like babies are not supposed to sleep on their belly any more , 30 years ago they were supposed to incase they vomited they woulden't choke , now "tummy sleepers" run a greater rist of SIDS.

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Re: Medical Question or Common Sense

Rue of thumb with chemicals, if it burns on the way in it will burn o the way out. Thats why the do not induce vomiting.
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