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The AAP says throw out bottles of syrup of ipecac. For many years pediatricians suggested that parents keep syrup of ipecac handy in case of poisoning. Ipecac causes vomiting, and for many years was recommended to remove poisonous substances from a child’s stomach. But after reviewing the research, the AAP found that syrup of ipecac is not the best treatment for poisoning. Also, it can be misused, both by people with eating disorders, and in the cases of Munchausen by proxy - a disorder where adults deliberately make their children ill. If you think your child has ingested a poisonous substance, call the national poison control number at 1-800-222-1222, or 9-1-1. But always remember that the best treatment is prevention: keep poisonous substances out of sight and out of reach of children.  


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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