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Doctor explains how parents can prevent kids from eating marijuana edibles as cases double
As more states and cities decriminalize and legalize marijuana, the number of kids accidentally ingesting cannabis products has doubled, and in some areas quadrupled -- That’s according to a recent study in the U.S. and Canada.
7News’ Adrianna Hopkins talked to a pediatrician about what parents should know.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers says each year they get around 3000 calls for help over this issue, and they believe a lot of cases aren’t reported.
First things first, Dr. Caleb Ward with Children’s National Hospital says every family should have the Poison Control number posted in plain sight for themselves, caregivers, grandparents, and babysitters. That’s your first call if you think your child has eaten an edible.
Other advice:Keep cannabis products secured, and out of reach for children. Treat it like you would a medication. Remove any labels that include cartoon marketing or things that look enticing to kids. Be thoughtful not to consume the products in front of your kids, simply because they’re really good imitators. Share all these tips with anyone who may watch your kids.Here’s what happens to a kid who’s eaten a cannabis product:
Here’s what happens to a kid who’s eaten a cannabis product:
“Peak symptoms can happen three to four hours after a kid has ingested something, but those symptoms can last up to 24 hours. The most common symptom is sleepiness, lethargy, and difficulty waking up after a nap. There can be neurological symptoms, like trouble walking, or slurred speech. More serious symptoms could include a fast heart rate, trouble breathing, or stopped breathing. Then you want to get medical assistance immediately,” said Ward.
Ward wants people to remember the effects of drugs on a child are unpredictable. What you experience, how your body breaks down a drug, and your tolerance as an adult is very different from a small child or teenager.
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