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What If a Child Consumes Poison, Bleach, or Other Harmful Substances at a Day Care Center?

By Robert Chaiken, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Day care centers and child care centers have a duty to provide a safe and clean educational environment to the children. It is important that day care centers and their staff members keep poisons and toxins away from the reach of children. It is well know that children are curious and do not always recognize a food item / drink from a poison or toxin. At times, day care providers mistakenly serve poisons or toxins to children under the care of the day care center or child care center.

It is important for a day care center to take precautions to either remove poisons or toxins from the day care center or in the alternative keep toxins or poisons in a safe and secure location. This goes the same for medications and foods that may cause a small child to choke.

In addition to the above, it is important for a day care center to have policies and procedures in place when a child consumes or comes in contact with a poison or toxin. The policies and procedures should be in writing and each and every staff member should be trained in poison and toxin control as well as emergency procedures. The applicable State and local rules and regulations should also be studies and followed as well.

When a child suffers an illness, poisoning, or choking episode due to the negligence of a day care enter, a parent is often times faced with many challenges and concerns. At these times, it is often helpful to consult with a Child Injury Attorney for advice and legal representation. The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, Medical Treatment / Medical Bills, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. Get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

A news story was recently reported involving a Gonzles, Texas day care center. The State of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services was reported that a Gonzales may have served the children water stores in milk jugs. There may have been diluted bleach contained in the jugs. Children may have consumed the diluted bleach. See Day Care Center May Have Served Children Diluted Bleach in Milk Jugs.

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