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Protect Your Child from Accidental Poisoning


Protect Your Child from Accidental Poisoning

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Things to Remember!

Children under the age of 6 account for 60% of accidental poisoning cases annually. Young kids are at high risk for accidental poisoning, so it is crucial that parents and care givers take the necessary precautions in order to keep them safe.

Medication and household chemicals are among the major culprits when it comes to poisoning. Small children are prone to swallow tablets or medicines within their reach and more than 600 000 kids go to the medical ward each year.

Given enough time, kids can break into any tamper proof bottle. Parents need to keep any medicine locked away in a high enough cupboard where little hands cannot reach! The old saying “out of sight, out of mind” is very true. If they can’t see it, it won’t bug them to fiddle with it!

It is recommended that you don’t transfer your tablets into those containers marked with daily or weekly compartments that flip open easily. Toddlers are smart and innovative, so before you know it they will have figured out exactly how to open them. It also makes it difficult to identify exactly which tablets your little one might have swallowed if you find the container empty and you have to describe the medicine to your local GP or doctor.

Never call any type of medication sweeties! Make sure that your child understands that medicine is for when you are sick and it should never be taken without adult supervision. Household products should be kept in a safe, secure area that is not within your little one’s reach. Many of these products have been scented or flavoured, so it might confuse your toddler, thinking that it is safe to consume.

It is also important to be careful about how you store your products. There might be a bottle in the garage that looks exactly like cooldrink or juice and because they look similar a youngster could confuse one for the other. Make 100% sure all chemicals and cleaning agents are packed away and stored in a lockable area!

If your child does accidently come into contact with a potential poisonous product, call your local hospital or doctor and take the chemicals with so they have a good idea of what has been ingested!

Yogurt Muffins

Muffins are a great snack and easy for a quick breakfast. Here is a basic muffin recipe that is just as good plain as it is with added flavours.

Make a batch with a few different flavours—so each one gets to have their favorite kind!



-All-purpose flour

-Baking powder

-Whole-wheat flour

-Whole milk plain Greek yogurt

-Baking soda

-Maple syrup

-Unsalted butter


-Pure vanilla extract


Here’s how to make this recipe:

*Choose your add-ins.
*Stir together the wet ingredients.
*Stir in the dry ingredients.
*Add in the extras.
*Place into a greased muffin tin.
*Bake until light brown & fluffy! 

If you want to make a batch with a few different flavours,  divide up  the batter and stir 1 tablespoon  of any add-in into each muffin batter bowl.

Once cooled, store in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Warm slightly to serve from the fridge. You can also freeze the muffins in a freezer bag with as much air removed as possible for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or in 15 second increments in the microwave.

Always remember: Safety First:) Please stay tuned for more blogs to come!

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