Substances most frequently involved in pediatric poisonings in the U.S. in 2016*

Leading substances causing pediatric poisonings in the U.S. 2016 This statistic shows the substances most frequently involved in pediatric poisonings in the U.S. in 2016, 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 138,904 reported cases.
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Number of case mentions
Cosmetics/Personal Care Products138,904
Cleaning Substances (Household)115,701
Analgesics96,312
Foreign Bodies/Toys/Miscellaneous67,771
Topical Preparations52,984
Antihistamines47,476
Vitamins46,306
Pesticides34,608
Dietary Supplements/Herbals/Homeopathic34,443
Plants28,636
Gastrointestinal Preparations27,617
Antimicrobials24,710
Cardiovascular Drugs21,940
Cold and Cough Preparations21,098
Arts/Crafts/Office Supplies20,723
Electrolytes and Minerals18,420
Hormones and Hormone Antagonists18,416
Deodorizers17,611
Essential Oils13,981
Other/Unknown Non-drug Substances12,907
Tobacco/Nicotine/eCigarette Products11,462
Antidepressants11,390
Sedative/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics10,498
Chemicals10,111
Alcohols9,838
Number of case mentions
Cosmetics/Personal Care Products138,904
Cleaning Substances (Household)115,701
Analgesics96,312
Foreign Bodies/Toys/Miscellaneous67,771
Topical Preparations52,984
Antihistamines47,476
Vitamins46,306
Pesticides34,608
Dietary Supplements/Herbals/Homeopathic34,443
Plants28,636
Gastrointestinal Preparations27,617
Antimicrobials24,710
Cardiovascular Drugs21,940
Cold and Cough Preparations21,098
Arts/Crafts/Office Supplies20,723
Electrolytes and Minerals18,420
Hormones and Hormone Antagonists18,416
Deodorizers17,611
Essential Oils13,981
Other/Unknown Non-drug Substances12,907
Tobacco/Nicotine/eCigarette Products11,462
Antidepressants11,390
Sedative/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics10,498
Chemicals10,111
Alcohols9,838
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This statistic shows the substances most frequently involved in pediatric poisonings in the U.S. in 2016, 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 138,904 reported cases.
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Release date
November 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016
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 mentionings in cases reported to national poison centers.

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