Substances most frequently involved in pediatric poisonings in the U.S. in 2017*

Leading substances causing pediatric poisonings in the U.S. 2017 This statistic shows the substances most frequently involved in pediatric poisonings in the U.S. in 2017, by the number of reported cases. In that year, cosmetics and personal care supplies caused the most poisonings in children aged five and under with approximately 125,838 reported cases.
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Number of case mentions
Cosmetics/Personal Care Products125,838
Cleaning Substances (Household)109,563
Analgesics91,741
Foreign Bodies/Toys/Miscellaneous63,916
Topical Preparations48,342
Antihistamines46,936
Vitamins42,553
Pesticides34,303
Dietary Supplements/Herbals/Homeopathic34,265
Plants28,029
Gastrointestinal Preparations26,808
Antimicrobials23,090
Cardiovascular Drugs20,983
Cold and Cough Preparations20,536
Arts/Crafts/Office Supplies20,449
Electrolytes and Minerals18,785
Hormones and Hormone Antagonists17,646
Deodorizers17,214
Essential Oils16,142
Other/Unknown Non-drug Substances12,524
Antidepressants11,667
Tobacco/Nicotine/eCigarette Products11,207
Chemicals11,026
Sedative/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics9,825
Alcohols9,402
Number of case mentions
Cosmetics/Personal Care Products125,838
Cleaning Substances (Household)109,563
Analgesics91,741
Foreign Bodies/Toys/Miscellaneous63,916
Topical Preparations48,342
Antihistamines46,936
Vitamins42,553
Pesticides34,303
Dietary Supplements/Herbals/Homeopathic34,265
Plants28,029
Gastrointestinal Preparations26,808
Antimicrobials23,090
Cardiovascular Drugs20,983
Cold and Cough Preparations20,536
Arts/Crafts/Office Supplies20,449
Electrolytes and Minerals18,785
Hormones and Hormone Antagonists17,646
Deodorizers17,214
Essential Oils16,142
Other/Unknown Non-drug Substances12,524
Antidepressants11,667
Tobacco/Nicotine/eCigarette Products11,207
Chemicals11,026
Sedative/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics9,825
Alcohols9,402
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This statistic shows the substances most frequently involved in pediatric poisonings in the U.S. in 2017, by the number of reported cases. In that year, cosmetics and personal care supplies caused the most poisonings in children aged five and under with approximately 125,838 reported cases.
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Release date
December 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2017
Age group
5 years and younger
Supplementary notes
* Includes all children with actual or estimated ages less than or equal to 5 years old. Results do not include “Unknown Child” or “Unknown Age”.
Data presents total number of mentions in cases reported to national poison centers.

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