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Research in Pediatrics & Neonatology

Acute Poisoning in Children: Data of a Tertiary Care Unit

Keerthidarshini k*, Kalyanshettar SS, lakhkar B ,RH Gobbur, AS Akki, MM Patil and Patil SV

Department of Pediatrics, India

*Corresponding author:Keerthidarshini k, Department of Pediatrics, Shri BM Patil Medical college, Vijayapur, India

Submission: December 03, 2019; Published: January 06, 2020

DOI: 10.31031/RPN.2020.04.000581

ISSN: 2577-9200
Volume4 Issue2


Children are curious and explore their world with all their senses, including taste. As a result, the home and its surroundings can be a dangerous place when poisonous substances are inadvertently ingested. Poisoning in pediatric patients is a common and preventable cause of morbidity and mortality. Incidence of childhood poisoning in India is 0.23-3.3%. 50-90% of all childhood poisoning cases are between 1-5yrs age group and mortality rate is 3-5% and males outnumber females and mainly are due to accidental consumption. Suicidal poisoning is common after 13years of age and is due to household chemicals and drugs. Profile and outcome of poisoned patients in a given region is influenced by the social, economic and cultural practices prevalent and also by the availability and the quality of the medical facilities. With this background we conducted this study in the department of Pediatrics of Shri B. M. Patil Medical College hospital and research Centre, Vijayapura.

Methods and Materials

Study type

Cross sectional retrospective study.

Study period: August 2016-August 2017

In this study 39 children under 15 years of age presenting with signs and symptoms of poisoning to Paediatric ICU of shri. B. M. Patil medical college hospital and research centre, Vijayapur were included. Children were assessed for poisoning with drugs, hydrocarbons, bathroom detergents, and plants based on the history and were managed according to standard protocols. Stomach contents were sent for forensic analysis except kerosene and other poisonings where stomach wash is contraindicated. Ethical clearance was taken from institutional ethical clearance committee.


Total no. of participants was 39.


Out of the 39 cases included in our study incidence was more common among males (53.8%) and 46.2% were females. This was similar to the study conducted in Mangalore by Ramesh KN et al. [1] which showed 75.4% of the poisoning cases were in males. Another study by Maharani BN et al. [2] also revealed the similar results. In our study majority of the poisonings belonged to the age group of 1-5 years with 41% representation, this was mostly accidental consumption, followed by 10-15 years most of which were intentional consumptions. Maximum cases of poisoning were due to hydrocarbons (28.2%), followed by organophosphorus (25.6%) and castor seed poisoning (20.5%) (Table 1-5). This was on par with the study conducted in North India by Utkarsh Kohli et al. [3] which showed kerosene (28%) as most common cause of poisoning in childhood followed by insecticides with 12% (Figure 1 & 2). Analysis of outcome in our study showed that 97.4% of them were discharged and 2.6% of them died, which was in line with other studies by Utkarsh et al. [3].

Figure 1:Age distribution of study participants. Mean Age is 6.6±4.7yrs.

Figure 2:Sex Distribution of study participants.

Table 1:Types of poisoning seen in the study participants.

Table 2:Distribution of types of poisoning with gender of the study participants.

Table 3:Distribution of types of poisoning by age of the study participants.

Table 4:Outcome of the course of poisoning.

Table 5:Distribution of outcome of the poisoning with age of the study participants.


Young children are particularly susceptible to accidental ingestion of poisons, hence,

1. Removing the poisoning agent from the environment.

2. Educating parents and proper guidance to parents.

3. Legislation of child-resistant packaging of necessary poisonous agents.

4. Establishing a poison control centre to triage poisonings.

5. Dispensing accurate and timely advice to caregivers and health facilities, directing first aid when appropriate, and

6. Referring early more severe poisonings to treatment at higher health facility.

Since adolescents are more prone for accidental consumption of poison, need for adolescent education, proper counselling and hence, the need for “Adolescent clinic” [4].


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  3. Kholi U, Kuttiat VS, Lodha R, Kabra SK (2008) Profile of childhood poisoning at tertiary care center in North India. Indian J of Pediatrics 75: 791-794.
  4. Children Poisoning. World report on child injury prevention. UNICEF. World Health Organization.

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