Toxicity based on age and weight

Cyrus Rangan, MD, shares health advice for parents on how a child's age and weight play a large role in how likely a poison is going to cause significant toxicity
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Toxicity based on age and weight

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When it comes to poisons, in general, the younger that you are and the smaller that you are; the more likely that a poison is going to cause significant toxicity. That being said, it's important to say that as you age and you become larger, it doesn't necessarily mean that poisons become less poisonous. There are a lot of poisons out there that don't care how large you are or don't care how old you are. The most important thing to realize as parents, is that we should regard all poisons as potential poisonous to all age groups. If we keep that one important philosophy, we can best protect our children at home.

Cyrus Rangan, MD, shares health advice for parents on how a child's age and weight play a large role in how likely a poison is going to cause significant toxicity

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Cyrus Rangan, MD

Medical Toxicologist, Poison Control

Cyrus Rangan, MD, is a pediatrician and medical toxicologist. Cyrus serves as the Assistant Medical Director with the California Poison Control System and medical toxicology consultant for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Over 70% of the calls received at the center are able to stay at home and avoid a visit to the hospital, based on the over-the-phone support of the center. Cyrus is also the father of two boys, age seven and four, with whom he enjoys practicing Kung Fu. 

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