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Number of children poisoned by essential oils on the rise

Posted on July 15, 2016 3:24 pm under Product Liability

Exposure to essential oils in toxic quantities or inappropriate application (i.e. swallowing) have doubled the cases in which children have been poisoned. While all essential oils are dangerous, depending on the amounts exposed to, oils with higher toxicity include camphor, clove, lavender, eucalyptus, thyme, tea tree, and wintergreen.

“In children, poisoning typically occurs when they try to swallow the oil, but choke so that a little of it goes into the lungs, which causes pneumonia; it only takes less than half a teaspoonful to do that. This hazard applies to every essential oil,” said Dr. Justin Loden, a certified specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Tennessee Poison Center. Children are also being poisoned by excessive exposure to the skin, and these oils can cause a range of symptoms, including agitation, hallucinations, and seizures, as well as chemical burns, trouble breathing, failure of the liver, and brain swelling.

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