E-Liquids Pose Serious Danger to Children: FDA

A recent warning published by FDA has highlighted the dangers of accidental exposure to nicotine-containing e-liquids, commonly used in vape products. These liquids can cause injury and even death in children if ingested or touched. From April 2022 to March 2023, 7,043 e-cigarette or e-liquid exposure cases were reported, with approximately 88% of exposures occurring among children under 5 years old.

E-liquids can be tempting to children due to their colorful containers and sweet flavors. However, even small amounts of nicotine can have harmful effects on young children, including seizure, coma, respiratory arrest, and death. It is important for parents and caregivers to store e-cigarettes and e-liquids in a safe and elevated location, out of the reach and view of children and pets.

In case of an emergency, the Poison Control HELP number (1-800-222-1222) should be added to phone contacts. Proper handling of e-liquids includes storing them in their original containers with locked caps and avoiding skin or eye contact. Any spills or splashes should be cleaned up immediately using soap and water.

It is crucial for parents and caregivers to educate children about the dangers of these products and to take necessary precautions to prevent accidental exposure. E-liquids can also harm pets, so it is important to keep them out of reach as well.