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Free app for poisoning accidents in children
Small children in particular often put things in their mouths that can cause severe poisoning. Quick action is required to avoid life-threatening situations. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has therefore been offering a free app for several years, which also makes direct contact with one of the poison information centers in an emergency. An app that can save lives in an emergency.
"The award-winning app provides information on chemicals, medicines, fungi and plants that can cause poisoning accidents in children - and how they can be avoided," reports the BfR in a recent report. In an emergency, a call to one of the poison information centers is also possible directly from the app. Parents can download the app free of charge from the BfR website.
Real help for parents
While the meaning of many apps can be doubted, the BfR app "Poisoning accidents in children" is a real help for parents in an emergency. It imparts knowledge to protect babies and toddlers from poisoning and contains recommendations for preventing accidents, for example through child-safe storage of medication, household chemicals and other products. This is a highly explosive topic because poisoning is the most common type of accident for children after a fall, reports the BfR.
Instructions for emergencies
In addition, the app provides information that can save lives in an emergency, according to the BfR. A call to one of the eight German poison information centers is also possible directly from the app. However, the app cannot replace emergency call 112 and poisoning accidents must always be properly cared for, according to the experts' advice.
Free information material available
The BfR app "Poisoning accidents in children" was last technically updated and expanded in content at the end of 2018, so that, for example, all plants in the official list of poisonous plant species are now also listed. It is available as a free download for the operating systems Android and iOS. The BfR is currently promoting the widespread use of the app and has provided information material that doctor's surgeries, childcare facilities and schools can request free of charge to inform parents and caregivers of small children about the app. "The app helps you make the right decision in emergencies," emphasizes BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. (Fp)